Polygone forever: the beauty and despair of Species in Pieces

Last year, the WWF and the Zoological Society of London released a report saying that Earth had lost half its wildlife in the past 40 years. It was a harrowing statistic and there are many more creatures in a perilous state. So, Species in Pieces, a very clever online interactive exhibition, aims to raise awareness about 30 of them.

The exhibition was created by 28-year-old Bryan Adams who works for Mediamonks in Amsterdam, but formerly worked for digital agency Resn in New Zealand.

According to the exhibition website: “Each species has a common struggle and is represented by one of 30 pieces which come together to form one another. The collection is a celebration of genic diversity and a reminder of the beauty we are on the verge of losing as every moment passes. These 30 animals have been chosen for their differences, so that we can learn about species we didn’t know about previously as well as the struggles they have surviving. Many of them evolved in a particular way which makes them evolutionarily distinct.”

The website’s main interface features one of the 30 species with an arrow beside it which can be clicked to make the next one appear. The species are made up of 30 fragmented shards and are animated, carrying out movements natural to the particular animals.

A tab to the right of the animal says “What’s the threat?”, and when clicked on the animal’s fragments shatter and separate to the four corners of the screen as information appears about the main threats towards the particular animal and also includes statistics, links to YouTube videos showcasing the uniqueness of the particular creature, as well as a links which provide further information and how the viewer can help.

Some of the species included are the Hawaiian Crow, the Golden Lion Tamarin, the Golden Poison Frog, Kemp’s Ridley Turtle and the Kakapo.

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