Kiki Smith, Maya Lin, Anish Kapoor, and More Create Wild Carpets to Benefit Endangered Tigers
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“Tyger, tyger, burning bright, in the forests of the night.” So go the first lines of William Blake’s immortal 1794 poem about the powerful striped felines that were long hunted for their pelts. Today, however, though laws are in place to protect and preserve this endangered species, only about 3,900 Panthera tigris roam the wild, a dramatic drop in a population that, at the beginning of the 20th century, reportedly topped more than 100,000. World Wildlife Fund’s Tomorrow’s Tigers initiative aims to double the existing number population number by 2022.
To that end, WWF has partnered with Artwise in commissioning artists from around the world to reinterpret famous knotted-wool Tibetan tiger rugs and sell them to raise funds that will support tiger-conservation efforts in 13 countries. The result is a limited edition range of intriguing abstractions in materials including wool, mohair, and silk by ten top talents, among them, Sir Anish Kapoor, Maya Lin, Bernard Frize, Kiki Smith, Francesco Clemente, and Raqib Shaw. The rugs are offered in editions of ten, plus a single artist’s proof.
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