Starting Thursday, paintings created by Oakland Zoo animals are to be auctioned on ebay.com, for charity purposes. Thirty-two of artworks will be auctioned.
In 2014, Oakland Zoo also auctioned 12 animal-made paintings and they were able to raise about $10,000. It seems the majority of people, especially those who purchased the paintings, were thrilled with the zoo’s innovative idea and technique.
The vividly colored paintings have been made by lemurs, giraffes, elephants and goats. Moreover, a cockroach brought its contribution too. The bright-colored art is, evidently, abstract.
Therefore, it could be claimed that many animals from the Zoo were able to explore their creative side.
Nicky Mora, a Zoo spokeswoman, said that zoo keepers have carefully monitored the paining sessions, whereas the critters were awarded with plenty of treats as a result of their work.
Mora reported that the animals should have had fun in doing their artworks, as they were given treats for participating. She continued by saying that the animals were treated with caution and none of them were forced to create the paintings.
Moreover, zoo keepers helped giraffes to hold paintbrushes in their mouths, whereas the elephants would hold them with their trunks. The paintings were produced one stroke at a time.
On the other hand, lemurs, meerkats and goats had their paws, claws or hooves, respectively, gently covered with water-based, nontoxic paint, while they ran over a blank sheet as they chased their treats.
A Nigerian dwarf goat named Maggie walked on a canvas with her painted hooves, as she was being lured by the treats the zoo keepers provided. Her hooves had been in yellow, green and blue.
On the other hand, a Madagascar hissing cockroach whose name is Andy, scampered across a canvas, as the final piece resembled a painting in green, yellow and purple tones.
Other zoo residents, including a meerkat family, also contributed with some pieces on canvas.
Mora finally pointed out that the funds raised will prove beneficial to Oakland Zoo’s conservation partners. The conservation specialists are working on saving wildlife. The bidding ends September 20th.
You will be able to admire the paintings for 10 days (starting this Thursday till September 20th) at a tea lounge in Oakland – The Blueprint.
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