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Shani Zahav

The Endangered, Can Art Save Them?

An International Art Exhibition

(November 7 through January 8, 2021)


I'm a sculptor from Israel and have been living in Vancouver with the love of my life since 2015. Art was always an important part of my life. Even as a child, you could have never seen me without a piece of material in my hands, trying to give it a life of its own. Somehow when choosing a major in college, I chose industrial design over art. During 3 years of studies I was lucky enough to gain great friends, knowledge about tools and techniques, though I didn't get to be an industrial designer. Eventually, I figured out this path wasn't quite right for me. Sometimes we take a wrong turn, only to get to the right place. Sculpting feels like home to me.


I created this sculpture as a reminder of the harm we humans cause the wild life in hope of changing this reality. Many species around the world are considered endangered, one of them is the tiger as presented in my sculpture. The tiger's figure is covered mostly with newspapers' text. The newspaper symbolizes humans, as we're probably the only species using written language. The text is swallowing the tiger which is almost completely lost in it, in order to reflect the risk predicted. It is also attached to the base as it's not free, but dependent on humans' consideration. However, the tiger's posture turning upwards and the white parts that are clear from any text, convey an optimistic message as we could still save them.

Shani Zahav

Shani Zahav


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