Why Is A Boat Full of Stuffed Animals Floating Around Shanghai?
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Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang recently debuted a new public exhibit in Shanghai.
Normally, his work contains fireworks and gunpowder. This one is more understated and more powerful.
Guo-Qiang had a question.
If Noah's Ark had traveled through China's polluted waterways, would the animals have survived?
This masterpiece is a statement against China's weak environmental regulations, which lead to its high pollution.
One incident in particular inspired this work.
Quite recently, Shanghai residents were horrified to find thousands of dead pigs floating in the City's main river.
Sometimes it takes something unconventional, completely out of the ordinary, to make a statement.
The 99 stuffed animals were produced in the artist's hometown in Fujian Province, as was the boat.
Why 99 animals?
“In China,  symbolizes infiniteness. I use that number a lot. Not a hundred. A hundred is just a hundred.”