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Art Print

Alexandra Davidoff (alexandradavidoff)

Marius

by Alexandra Davidoff
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Collect your choice of gallery quality Giclée, or fine art prints custom trimmed by hand in a variety of sizes with a white border for framing.

ABOUT THE ART

This drawing is my tribute to Marius of the Copenhagen Zoo.

Marius was a 18-month-old healthy male giraffe in the Copenhagen Zoo, who was shot with a bolt gun to the head, dissected publicly in front of a crowd which included children, and fed to the lions. Why? Only because his genes were too similar to other giraffes in a breeding program run by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). Copenhagen Zoo's scientific director, Bengt Holst, said the zoo was working to maintain “a healthy giraffe population in European zoos” and that "this is done by constantly ensuring that only unrelated giraffes breed so that inbreeding is avoided. If an animal’s genes are well represented in a population further breeding with that particular animal is unwanted."

Marius' sad fate received international attention with a petition that amounted over 20,000 signatures and with several other zoos (including the Yorkshire Wildlife Park (YWP), home to a state of the art giraffe house and a bachelor herd) offering to save his life and take him in. Why the Copenhagen Zoo decided to ignore this, I don't understand. Why they couldn't have even sterilized Marius to prevent their fear of inbreeding, I also don't understand. How they made his death into a public attraction, I definitely don't understand. Why they labelled him "surplus" and showed no care for the fact that he was a living being, not a lifeless object in a stockroom, I don't want to try and understand.

Drawing with a basic 2HB pencil. Number 21 in the "Grey Fauna" series. See them all in detail here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/Grey-Fauna/9762151

My intention with this series is to show these fantastical creatures in a serene fashion, drained of all colour. Using only a simple writing pencil to draw them is my way of making a statement against what I feel may be one of the culprits responsible for why so many of these creatures are facing a troubling decline in number on our planet. That culprit being humanity's burning need for acquiring more than they really need, better known as greed. The stress humans have put upon these creatures though pollution, habitat destruction, and in the case of the more exotic creatures, trophy hunting, all stem from humanity's unquenchable thirst and hunger to have what they don't need to have. Humanity's always testing limitations, and while that makes for promising technology, it doesn't serve nature well at all. How does this relate to a basic drawing tool, you ask? The key is in the word "basic". By drawing these animal portraits with a basic tool I'm challenging myself to make use of simple resources while suppressing my hunger to reach for the fabled "more". As a result, the series became more intimate and emotional, and maybe a little sad to reflect my feelings for the animals themselves.

Illustration copyright ©2014 Alexandra Davidoff. All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, editing, displaying/redistribution of this illustration without permission is strictly prohibited.

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soaring anchor designs commented on February 10, 2014 6:29am
amazing work, Alexandra and a wonderful tribute to these majestic creatures!
Paula Belle Flores commented on February 10, 2014 6:49am
great work. sad story!
pascal+ commented on February 10, 2014 6:49am
Fabulous illustration!
Marine Loup commented on February 10, 2014 6:51am
very sad story. Wonderful illustration.
Allan McInnes commented on February 10, 2014 7:19am
Beautiful piece
beart24 commented on February 10, 2014 7:50am
Nice!:)
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 10, 2014 8:41am
soaring anchor designs, Paula, Pascal, Marine, Allan, and beart24 - thank you all.
Angelo Cerantola commented on February 10, 2014 8:49am
Love this creation, Alexandra!
despoina biniori commented on February 10, 2014 9:01am
sad story..... beautiful creation
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 10, 2014 9:08am
Thank you Angelo and despoina.
JUSTART * Syl * commented on February 10, 2014 10:00am
great
famenxt commented on February 10, 2014 11:03am
great way of tribute!!
Peaky40 commented on February 10, 2014 11:10am
Awesome!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 10, 2014 11:16am
JUSTART, famenxt and Peaky40, thank you.
Bella Harris commented on February 11, 2014 12:55pm
This is wonderful! And just in case you didn't see my other comment, please let me know if you have a Fb page!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 11, 2014 2:01pm
Thank you very much Bella, and yes I posted the link to my Facebook in the comment section of your post. :)
Neethi Goldhawk commented on February 12, 2014 2:31am
wonderful!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 12, 2014 7:17am
Thank you Neethi.
Pom Graphic Design commented on February 12, 2014 8:02am
nice work Alexandra, happy to see it has a deep meaning
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 12, 2014 12:44pm
Thank you very much Pom.
Sunli commented on February 13, 2014 11:38am
wicked!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 13, 2014 12:29pm
Thank you Sunli.
Wendy Townrow commented on February 15, 2014 3:07pm
beautiful work
One Artsy Momma commented on February 15, 2014 5:53pm
Love it, nice work ;)
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 16, 2014 6:32am
Thank you Wendy and One Artsy Momma!
AmDuf commented on February 17, 2014 1:48pm
super work n tribute!!!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 17, 2014 2:07pm
Thank you very much AmDuf.
SimonaMereuArt commented on February 20, 2014 2:07am
Fabulous work a wonderful tribute to Marius...
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 20, 2014 5:13am
Thank you very much Simona.
Ann-Sophie Odile commented on February 20, 2014 12:26pm
Fantastic work..really cool!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 20, 2014 1:28pm
Thank you Ann-Sophie.
Bella Harris commented on February 27, 2014 6:47am
Wonderful!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on February 27, 2014 7:50am
Thank you Bella.
Donuts commented on March 4, 2014 1:34am
The story of Marius was so tragic and I, like you failed to understand it at all. This is a beautifully done tribute to an event that should never have happened. Thank you Alexandra, for caring and sharing:)))
Alexandra Davidoff commented on March 4, 2014 5:51am
Thank you Donuts. It means alot to know how you feel about Marius. I personally find Marius' fate very sad and thinking about the many ways he could have been saved, I feel disappointed and angry. He didn't have to die. I hope that in the future this injustice will harm no other living creature on the planet.
Carly Watts commented on March 4, 2014 9:36am
I love that you did this for Marius. I hope it inspires others to think about animals and their preservation!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on March 4, 2014 1:23pm
Yes I do too.
calvin./CHANCE commented on March 9, 2014 2:45pm
Nice drawing and a great inspiration!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on March 12, 2014 2:05pm
Thank you calvin./CHANCE!
Michael Creese commented on March 30, 2014 5:57pm
Love your animal drawings!
Jazzberry Blue commented on March 31, 2014 7:06am
beautiful illustrations..!!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on March 31, 2014 8:55am
Thank you so much Michael and Jazzberry Blue. :)
Catspaws commented on April 15, 2014 1:25am
stunning illustration alexandra but what a tragic story
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 15, 2014 4:14am
Thank you Catspaws. Yes, Marius' story was tragic. It made me very sad, and still does when I look back on it.
Kristjan Lyngmo commented on April 24, 2014 12:01pm
Great work!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 24, 2014 12:33pm
Thank you very much Kristjan.
Paolo Uberti commented on April 24, 2014 12:56pm
Beautiful! :)
Alexandra Davidoff commented on April 24, 2014 1:03pm
Thank you very much Paolo.
nicole lianne commented on May 2, 2014 11:05am
wonderful drawing!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on May 2, 2014 11:16am
Thank you nicole.
Hannah Kemp commented on May 14, 2014 10:34am
Fantastic.
Alexandra Davidoff commented on May 16, 2014 1:17pm
Thank you Hannah. :)
Goosi commented on May 27, 2014 10:54am
beautiful!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on May 27, 2014 11:53am
Thank you very much Goosi!
Sia Ritar commented on June 20, 2014 9:06am
wow!
k_design commented on June 20, 2014 9:09am
love it !
Alexandra Davidoff commented on June 20, 2014 11:42am
Thank you both Sia and k_design!
Obvious Warrior commented on September 24, 2014 9:05am
Wonderful!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on September 25, 2014 7:31am
Thank you Pedro. :)
josemanuelerre commented on October 19, 2014 6:03am
beautiful
Alexandra Davidoff commented on October 22, 2014 3:01pm
Thanks josemanuelerre!
k_c_s commented on November 8, 2014 10:15pm
Wonderful!
Alexandra Davidoff commented on November 10, 2014 5:34pm
Thank you k_c_s.
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