Animal Rights Groups Bug Out Over Artist's Installation

by Andy Cushman

In Canada this spring, following sustained outcry from local animal rights activists, the Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) caved in to legal pressures and altered renowned Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping's mixed-media installation Theater of the World (1993), included in the 40-piece touring retrospective "House of Oracles" (see AAP 46). The installation consists of a large wooden sculpture of a python suspended over a small turtle-shaped arena filled with live venomous creatures including tarantulas, snakes, lizards and millipedes.

Huang's works often employ aspects of…

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