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Jarvi's 'African Menagerie' Unveiled in Grand Rapids

September 18, 2017 04:33 PM

Incredible artwork by a world-renowned wildlife artist was revealed in Grand Rapids on Saturday night.

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Brian Jarvi debuted his latest piece titled "African Menagerie" at the Reif Center. The work is a 32-foot wide free standing arc consisting of seven interlocking panels, featuring more than 200 African animals.

"The African Menagerie is the culmination of 13 trips to Africa and a 17-year project in the making now," Jarvi explained.

The painting also includes a small human figure meant to be the face of all humankind. Jarvi says together, the 200 species are designed to look the viewer in the eye and ask what are we willing to do to prevent Africa's wildlife from going extinct.

After Saturday's unveiling, the panels were repackaged to go on tour.


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