by Robert MacDonald
Presented by Jungle Party Co-Chairs
Tigers slink invisibly through tall grasses, their orange and black stripes hiding them as they stalk their prey. But now tigers are disappearing in another way: on a path toward extinction if we don’t take action.
Sporting inverse colors our eyes can’t ignore, artist Robert MacDonald’s tiger challenges us to reverse the trend.
Woodland Park Zoo and Panthera work together with on-the-ground partners in Malaysia to conserve tigers and their forests. Every zoo visit makes this work possible.
“This tiger allowed me to merge my loves of sculpture and photography into a projection of a potential future of tigers; one where they only exist in photographs and coffee table books. Am I, are we, willing to let go of tigers as blithely as we did slide film?
I painted this tiger in negative colors to represent absence. When the colors are inverted they match that of a tiger. Throughout the painting process I used a smartphone (as most viewers would) to photograph it. I then inverted the colors using an app. A constant reminder of countless hours in bygone years spent in darkrooms, but willingly let go.
An argument could be made that film has run its course and has earned obsolescence. Do you believe this is true of tigers?”