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The Carnival of the Animals - Bjorn Okholm Skaarup

Ognissanti Cloister, Ognissanti Church, Florence.

The sculptures represent a number of characters from the composition, such as the lion, elephant, kangaroo, rooster and tortoise, as well as a number of other animals – giraffe, tiger, ostrich, ermine, hare, frog and lizard. All have been given man-made and cultural tools and attributes that underline their particular traits – the dignity and supremacy of the majestic lion, the chivalrous nature of the ermine, the speed of the cheetah, the height of the giraffe, and the heavenly aspirations of the ostrich... The sculptures are a celebration of life and nature and its many intriguing shapes and creatures, all placed in peculiar and surreal encounters between nature and culture. The result is a group of bronze sculptures that combines the gracious and exclusive with the communicative, distorted and humorous.