"The Library for the Birds of Antwerp" (1993)

"The Library for the Birds of Antwerp," 1993
Eighteen African finches, tree, ceramic tiles, books, photographs, bird cages, bird traps, chemical containers,rat and snake in liquid, shot gun shells, axe, nets, Audubon prints, bird nests, wax fruit, and assorted objects, dimensions variable. Installation view: Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium
Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

"Even though I have a certain engagement with science, there are a lot of tools that the artist has that the scientist doesn’t. So I can use these tools- humor, irony, metaphor- these are the bread and butter of artists. What artists can really add to a particular kind of struggle is that we have this expanded tool bag."

- Mark Dion