A zoo is a window on nature. A zoo is a place where we can become familiar with nature, learn about it, think about it; a place that expresses a country's culture and teaches us many things. A zoo is where children can receive an education of impeccably high standard, a resource-rich visual field for building an environmental education from the bottom up. This exhibition opened the door to novel, approachable design linked to real-world experience through the expertise of Yasuko Ikeda, a professor at Kyoto Saga University of Arts who has been involved in the design of numerous zoos and botanical gardens. "Design zoo~ was created at kyoto ddd gallery in the image of Kyoto City Zoo, realized as a project of her university. Among its features were a symbolic tree that taught about biodiversity conservation, a kaleidoscope filled with animal and plant-based materials that visitors could use while walking around the gallery, signs with life-sized animals that seemed to “leap out” at the visitor, miniature dioramas that showed animals' natural habitats, and a game that explained eco-systems.
Design ZOO—Life meets design
January 18, 2020–March 21, 2020
ddd Uzumasa, Kyoto
Photographer: YOSHIDA Akihito