What’s art? Is artistry unique to people? Can nonhuman creatures, also, make artwork?
All these are questions that art historians, philosophers, and zoologists have been asking for millennia. Whatever the responses are, it’s getting more and more popular at zoos to give creatures nontoxic paints, paint brushes, and paper and supporting them to make artwork. The Smithsonian National Zoo, for instance, attributes artist naked mole rats, gold lion tamarins, lions, and hissing cockroaches, among other creatures!
But creature artistry isn’t only for amusement. Starting in the 1950s with chimpanzees, animalparticularly primateart is considered worthy of serious scientific study. By analyzing animal-made artwork, scientists expect to find out more on the subject of animal psychology and also the links between individuals and nonhuman creatures.
Here are a few cases of creature artists and artistry as we bring you 5 bits of artwork created by creatures.
Seeing an elephant paint the lines that form the amount of some other elephant hold a paintbrush in its trunk and, quite attentively is really unbelievable. Visitors to the National Elephant Institute in Thailand can do that. The truth is, they are even able to buy the profits from which go to support elephant conservation, an initial elephant painting.
Even more than with gorilla and chimpanzee artwork elephant-made artwork is very contentious. The elephants are trained just the best way to transfer their paintbrushes to form images of elephants. It’s not likely they comprehend what they’re doing. Based on zoologist Desmond Morris, reflecting on his visit to the National Elephant Institute with biologist Richard Dawkins, the elephants are prodded and supported by their mahouts (trainers) throughout the whole painting process. He pulls it to get a horizontal one, or nudges it up and down to get the creature to make a vertical line, Morris wrote. To support blobs and spots he pulls on the ear forwards, towards the sailcloth. Thus, quite unfortunately, the design the elephant is making isn’t hers but his. There is no imagination, no elephantine creation, merely slavish duplication.
Be that as it might, the reality that elephants can paint their trunks on such exact, exact lines is fascinating. A few hundred dollars, which is their paintings sell for, is worth the cost of an elephant-made painting, even if theres no imagination behind it.