This otherwise hidden cultural heritage attests to the creation and evolution of the Zoo, which is nearly 165 years old. The exhibition demonstrates that the zoo is more than just a park with animals, but also a cultural and scientific phenomenon.
The exhibition occupied the dairy and its veranda. The dairy is a monument with wood paneling and tile walls that have been carefully maintained. The set-up of the exhibition respected the architecture and left it visible. The furniture consisted objets trouvées discovered in the attics, cellars, and hallways of the Zoo, which were then repaired, adapted, and sometimes supplemented with new elements in order to bring them up to present-day standards. The veranda is a covered exterior space where cold- and moisture-resistant objects like shells, eggs, and porcelain name-plates were shown along with polyester stuffed animals.
A wall covered with reproduction photos dealing with the Zoo show the institution as a city in a park as well as a cultural, educational, and scientific entity. A large, paper-thin transparent curtain divided the space from the Zoo and created a summery atmosphere.
Contains photography by Christophe Vrancken