WMMNA: Garden Art Installation Asks, Who's The Invasive Alien Species, Us Or Them?
Theater artist Kris Verdonck, transforms the first floor of the Z33 art space in Hasselt, Belgium into a garden that explores the concept of 'invasive alien species.'
The European Union defines ‘Invasive Alien Species' as those that thrive outside their natural distribution area and threaten biological diversity. One of the most dramatic examples of it is the one of the descendants of an original cargo of 24 rabbits that were shipped from Europe to Australia in 1859 for the pleasure of a man missing the joys of rabbit hunting. Within ten years of their introduction, they had become so prevalent that two million of them could be shot or trapped each year without any effect on the population being noticed. European rabbits have no natural predators in Australia and their impact on the ecology is devastating. The hunting prey quickly became nothing more than pest that has to be eradicated by all means. The poor creatures are vilified to the point that the Easter bunny has been replaced by the Easter Bilby.