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Non siamo più un piccolo mondo in un grande pianeta, siamo un mondo enorme in un pianeta piccolo e sovraffollato. Ogni 60 secondi una specie si estingue. Si calcola che entro il 2020 il numero di animali selvaggi nel pianeta si sarà ridotto di due terzi. È necessario un cambiamento sistematico delle nostre abitudini di consumo.

Areang 1 PHNOM TAMAO WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER, CAMBODIA, SOUTH EAST ASIA, NOVEMBER 2015

This tiger, named Areang, was saved from the tiger trade as a cub and brought up wild in a tiger sanctuary. Tigers have long been regarded as givers of life and divine guardians. Prized for the healing properties of their parts, tigers are being pushed toward extinction, with the Indochinese tiger disappearing faster than any other.

Baby Gibbon CENTER FOR SPECIES SURVIVAL, LA TORBIERA, ITALY, FEBRUARY 2016

Anne was able to collaborate with this baby Gibbon that was abandoned by his mother at birth. Gibbons are bipedal and, when on the ground, walk exclusively on two legs. These elegant, long-limbed apes also called “the gentlemen of the forest” are among the most endangered primates on Earth. 

Gentoo penguins & alca impennis egg Gold Harbor, South Georgia, South Atlantic Ocean, February 2014

The shrine features a reproduction of an egg of Alca Impennis to honor this extinct bird that was the first to be called penguin. The last pair of Alca Impennis was killed while incubating an egg on Eldey Island, Iceland, on 3 July 1844, at the request of a merchant who traded specimen. This installation is both an homage to the eternal life cycle and a condemnation of the absurdity of mass consumerism.

Golden moon bear 2 PHNOM TAMAO WILDLIFE RESCUE CENTER, CAMBODIA, SOUTH EAST ASIA, NOVEMBER 2015

This Timeshrine comprises reproductions of ancient Khmer stones. It was too hot for Brandy, a golden moon bear, who just slumped down. While Golden moon bears are a rarity and are the stuff of myth and lore, they are harvested for their bile and imprisoned in cages half their size. 

Hippos and Fever trees, dawn OLOIDIEN bay, Kenya, East Africa, September 2014

This Timeshrine is centered on a Hippo skull found on location. You can see in the back ground a very large pod of Hippos. Although Oloiden Bay is an officially recognized Ramsar site, poachers operate here with impunity, trapping animals and heavily overfishing the lake. Anne came back a year later to find a completely changed landscape: the poachers  had driven the hippos away and decimated water fowl populations.

Imperial Bee Corsica, southern europe, june 2015

The embroidered bee in the center of the image belonged to Napoleon III. If you look closely you will see honey tears running down its coat. Honeybees, signifying immortality and resurrection, have been royal emblems since ancient times. Bees pollinate 70% of the crops that provide 90% of world food. Today their populations are so diminished that bees have to be transported by truck to pollinate crops. 

Amur Leopard 1 CENTER FOR SPECIES SURVIVAL, LA TORBIERA ZOOLOGICAL PARK, ITALY, SOUTHERN EUROPE, FEBRUARY 2015

This beautiful Amur Leopard living in a reproduction sanctuary walked into the Timeshrine. The disks are ancient - bi - a Chinese Neolitical symbol of protection. Amur leopards are almost extinct, with less than 70 wild adults left in the world.

Pangolin 1 CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARK, VIETNAM, NOVEMBER 2015

The Timeshrine was created around a sleepy pangolin mother and child, with ancient Vietnamese money symbolically representing the value of Pengolins both as a black market product and as an endangered species. Pangolins are nocturnal and solitary. They are the world's most trafficked mammal prized for their meat and armor and soon be eaten into extinction. 

Gardeners of Eden 1 Chang Rai, Thailand, South East Asia, February 2015

This Timeshrine was created in a wild banana tree forest in the Golden Triangle. One elephant is killed for its tusks every fifteen minutes. The illegal trade of ivory is estimated at $1 billion a year. If poaching does not stop, elephants could be extinct by 2025.

Snow Leopard 1 CENTER FOR SPECIES SURVIVAL, LA TORBIERA ZOOLOGICAL PARK, ITALY, SOUTHERN EUROPE, JANUARY 2015

Snow Leopards are famously elusive. The Timeshrine apparently attracted this one, who stayed around for a few photographs before taking off with the hourglass. The installation is composed with protective artifacts that belonged to a Nepalese Shaman.

Sudan Dusk OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY, KENYA, EAST AFRICA, SEPTEMBER 2015

Sudan is the last male Northern White Rhino left on the planet. Though the last one left, poachers still want to kill him. His protection includes horn-embedded transmitters, drones and trained armed guards. One kilogram of Rhino horn is worth between $ 80,000 and $ 200000, more than cocaine, gold or platinum.