Most of our e-mails have been flooded with an e-mail containing a picture of a human-dog hybrid – an adult hybrid dog feeding some younger hybrid animals. The image, clearly disturbing due to the implications it would trigger if it was true, soon became everybody’s main discussion topic but, even though it looks real and there might be a few people ready to swear that they saw the hybrid with their own eyes, it’s nothing but a sculpture.
Let me say that again: the human-dog hybrid photo you get in your e-mail (or see on whatever website) is NOT that of a real, living and breathing hybrid!
The sculpture, called The Young Family, has been designed by artist Patricia Piccinini and it has a strange background behind it, trying to prove somehow that “we are all a family”: us, humans and our best friends – the dogs.
Of course, the way of showing that to the world is a bit controversial, but at least now the artist has the exposure she probably never dreamed of when she started to work on her human-dog hybrid sculpture.
This sculpture, part of a larger Australian installation called “We are family” is made of silicon and, as you can see for yourself in the image that follows the article, is incredibly well done and could fool anybody that it’s real. However, it is NOT! Here is what an Australian Council of Arts member says about the human-dog hybrid sculpture and its author:
Piccinini’s works animate the promise and the perils of the runaway scientific developments that pervade our time, said the member, Jane Silversmith. Her art embodies our dreams – dreams of perfect children, of perfect health, of life disease-free, and articulates the value of difference and uncertainty in human life.
It’s obvious that I look at art differently since I can’t connect the words of Jane Silversmith with the human-dog hybrids I see in the image… but what do you think?