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Isabelle Demers & Fanny Mesnard

In the center of Örebro, a green island floats on the water surface of Svartån. The island has been occupied by 15 different wild animals depicted in green-blue lifelike statues. The island and the animals are reflected on the surface of the water.

Foto: Sofie Isaksson

A mysterious island has been placed in the Svartån River. The inhabitants of the island may have broken loose from some distant mainland and then floated aimlessly before finally anchoring here. It is an odd and colourful group living on the island. Different species live in this ecosystem: bears, dogs, porcupines, otters, skunks, kangaroos, rabbits and coyotes.

The artist duo wants to shed light on how the use of animals and nature can inspire magic and daydreaming, while still voicing worry about the climate and our shared future. The island represents a sort of earthly paradise that highlights questions about nature’s place in urban environments.

"Happy Castaways" was originally created for Passage Insolites, a public art circuit design by Exmuro and presented by the City of Quebec.

Close-up of six of the green-blue wild animals on the island.

Photo: Sofie Isaksson

Artwork: Happy Castaways

Artist: Isabelle Demers & Fanny Mesnard

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Material: Sculpture

Location: Museiparken

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