by Valerie Collymore and Alexander Sapoznick
Presented by The Bellevue Collection
Tigers are on a thin line between here and gone, but there is hope. If we protect their habitat and keep them out of the hands of poachers, tiger populations can rebound.
Artist Valerie Collymore’s intricately patterned bronze tiger is timeless, embodying hope for the endurance of the species.
Woodland Park Zoo and Panthera work together with on-the-ground partners in Malaysia to conserve tigers and their forests. Every zoo visit makes this work possible.
“Can you imagine a world in which endangered tigers are valued as highly as an Impressionist painting by Monet or Van Gogh, and receive the benefits of funding, research and public awareness and engagement?
The choice of a bronze tiger reflects our hope that this species will endure through the ages.
The use of the impressions of inlaid fine wood, gold leaf, copper and cloisonné show our respect for artisanal traditions of the past and our desire to confer iconic status to this symbolic tiger.
Within the intricate cloisonné-inspired pattern on the tiger, can you find additional symbols that represent hope for tigers: fertility, survival of tiger cubs, effective balance with the human population and a heart?”