This Empty World

I happen to visit Nunnington Hall over the week and was fascinated by Layla Khoo’s installation of ‘Change in Attitudes’.
There was 5,000 ceramic horns which the visitor could either take as a ‘trophy’ or leave for others to enjoy.
I didn’t take one. The article below is taken from Nunnington Hall website and gives context to the art installation.

Messages left by visitors

Published : 12 Sep 2019

A display of 5,000 small porcelain black rhinoceros horns are on show at Nunnington Hall in North Yorkshire, each representing one of the remaining black rhinos left in the world.

To draw the parallel between the artwork and the animals in the wild, visitors will be invited to take one of the 5,000 ceramic rhino horn artworks home as a souvenir, but with the moral dilemma that each one taken cannot be replaced and will leave fewer and fewer for others to experience.

Artist Layla Khoo was invited to respond to the big game hunting trophies in the house …

Inspiration for the ceramic art installation has been taken from the black rhino horn once kept in Colonel Fife’s collection but no longer on display. 

Each piece of art aims to encourage conversation about how social acceptance of big game hunting has changed, the rise in support for wildlife conservation, and the acknowledgement that game hunting is still active.

Nunnington curator for the National Trust, Jonathan Wallis said:

“Layla’s installations provide a powerful reminder of the devastating effect of big game hunting on many,
now endangered, species and the conservation issues we
are tackling today. 

A Yorkshire-based ceramic artist, Layla Khoo said:

“Living locally to Nunnington Hall, I was already familiar with and fascinated by both the house and the collection. When the opportunity arose not only to research and respond to the taxidermy display, but to also take the opportunity to engage the public in conversations about conservation, I was eager to develop these ideas. 

“The narrative of the work evolved as I was able to explore the social and historical context of Colonel Fife’s life experiences. I was then able to contrast this with current times and attitudes towards the natural environment with the help of Flamingo Land zoo, who were able to demonstrate the impact of breeding programmes for endangered species, including black rhino. My hope is that people will come away from the installation pieces with an insight into the stories the collection tells and consider how this reflects on their own choices and current environmental issues.”

Nunnington Hall (click on the link to read the full article)

As I scrolled through Instagram I stumbled across this photographer and his work which fitted with my visited to Nunnington Hall and the exhibition. His work is amazing and very powerful.


4 thoughts on “This Empty World

  1. What an intriguing idea for an art work! I note that despite the many positive messages there are also spaces where people have chosen to take a horn. Did any of them leave messages explaining why?

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