Funny Zoo is a playful, colorful public art exhibit and cultural initiative that features numerous life-sized sculptures of wild animals. The movement is designed to promote awareness of biodiversity, as well as conservation of the Earth's endangered species and environment.
Originally created in France, Funny Zoo soon spread to multiple European cities. Now, the unique parade is on its way to the United States in 2016 where it will dock on the beautiful coast of Southern California like an ark returning to land.
Funny Zoo is brought to the United States by French Pacific Events, a marketing and event production company based in Malibu, CA, which develops cultural projects to benefit charities. The company's founders, Bernard Scoffié & Jean-Fabrice Brunel, have previously organized several large-scale public art events throughout the world.
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FUNNY ZOO, in Malibu the 21st of june until Fall 2016
IVO SPIROVAlmost 8 years after graduating from the University of Bulgaria with a degree in visual arts, Spirov picked up a pen to return to the arts, igniting internal motivation to show the world what it looks like from inside his colorful mind. Now, just three years later, his profoundly impressionable peices have followers wondering about the next move for this involiable artist. Spirov has been featured in several galleries and publications including The Street Art Loft, Canvas Malibu, Hot Rod Gallery, Malibu Magazine, Malibu 90265, and has also donated peices to Last Chance for Animals and Museum of Sociology and Animals.
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Brian FARRELLBrian Farrell was born in Southampton, New York,1968. In 1986, he went to study Landscape Development/Architecture at the University Cobleskill, NY and was to complete his degree at the Syracuse … Education: University at Cobleskill; Landscape Development; 1986-1988 Fashion Institute of Technology; Fine Arts, Advertising Communications; 1990-1992 New York Academy of Art; Figurative Drawing and Painting; 2007 Exhibitions: Exhibition Record (Museums, Institutions and Awards): 2006, Nueberger Berman Foundation, N.Y 2000, Bertlesman BMG National Artists Award 1999, The Henry Buhl/Soho Foundation
Sinan REVELLBorn in China, Sinan Revell was raised in Australia in a strong, multicultural environment . Sinan graduated with a degree in Psychology from Sydney University and later studied art at the Julian Ashton Art School. Her love of the performing arts led her to study drama with renowned Aboriginal teacher, Bryan Syron, and to several television and film roles. She spent several years as a performing and recording artist and band member with the industrial rock group, "SPK", touring Europe, the UK and the USA. After moving to Los Angeles in 1991, Sinan returned to art making. She began working in various media such as oil and acrylic paintings, photography and performance art. Revell's work has been exhibited in London, Australia, France as well as many galleries in Los Angeles. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles .
JABUI call my work “Transformative Art” because I chose to deal with themes and subject matter for change and making a difference. My abstract work for example is about happiness. I believe that art is an emotional outlet to help heal and or deal with life’s challenges. Some of my work has been acquired to hang in children’s hospital to add color and provide a soothing atmosphere for children while they heal. “Wildlife Series” is about my contribution to saving wildlife, particularly the Wild Mustang in the West.
Federico GALAVISFederico Galavis, born in Caracas Venezuela, is the son of renowned Venezuelan architect Juan Francisco Galavis and physicist doctor Martha Gonzalez de Galavis. Being exposed to the beauty of architecture, through his father's work, and encouraged by his mother's passion for fine arts, Federico found inspiration to safely and freely express his creativity since an early age. Federico's traveling through the world opened his eyes to new cultures and ignited his interest in pursuing the arts professionally. While in New York, he pursued his passion, by studying theater and fine arts. After finishing his studies in NYC, he moved to Los Angeles, and continued to expand his craft.
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Funny Zoo and artists
A Special Opportunity For Artists!
Funny Zoo is now asking emerging and established artists in Southern California for proposals on creating educational, and vibrant artwork for the animal sculptures.
Funny Zoo will build a unique public platform at the intersection of art and community, serving a meaningful cause while promoting both local artists and businesses.
An Educational Event For All Ages!
Funny Zoo offers an innovative way for children, students, and the general public to learn about endangered species conservation, biodiversity and art.
During the month of February, the Zimmer Children's Museum participated in a unique program in partnership with Funny Zoo to learn about Polar Bears by creating art around life-size polar bear sculpture displayed in our museum. Each program began with a story time about polar bears followed by art and sensory experiences based on what they learned.
Our polar bear was decorated with water, snow, and ice paint which are abundant in the arctic where polar bears live.
During the month, the children suggested names for our polar bear and to conclude our month of programs, we all voted to name our polar bear Biscuit Bearnard!.
See the program on the web site : www.zimmermuseum.org
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Interested In Sponsoring a Funny Zoo Animal Sculpture? Lets Talk!
Each Funny Zoo animal, or group of animals, has a sponsor. A sponsor can be anyone - a private individual, small business, large corporation or community organization, etc. Funny Zoo sponsors fund the creation and customization of each animal sculpture.
In addition to supporting a remarkable public art initiative and raising environmental awareness, Funny Zoo sponsors will gain brand exposure and increased visibility throughout the event’s 12-month duration. Sponsorship names and logos will be included not only on each animal, but in specific press materials, advertisements and other digital and print promotional materials.
After each Funny Zoo animal exhibition comes to a close, sponsors will have one of two choices. They can either forfeit donating their animal and instead choose to keep the sculpture for their own private usage, or they can allow the animal to be included in a culminating auction event where the sponsor's initial deposit would be given back and the rest of the proceeds would go towards a prominent animal charity selected by the Funny Zoo organization. By choosing the latter, this will also offer sponsors additional publicity opportunities.
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frequently asked questions
1How many animal sculptures are in the Funny Zoo exhibit?
Funny Zoo's population varies according to the size of its host city, but there will definitely be hundreds of Funny Zoo animals to view and admire.
2How long does a Funny Zoo event last?
The public installation and display of the Funny Zoo animals can be any length of time, as it travels through cities and rotates its sculpture collection. Typically, Funny Zoo exhibits last approximately 12 months.
3Where are the animal sculptures displayed?
The animals are displayed throughout the host city's streets, landmarks, parks and other public places, including privately owned areas like malls and buildings. There are no limits! The entire city becomes an outdoor museum for the animal sculptures, all of which can be visited by the public, free of charge.
4Who are the artists?
Painters, sculptors, craftsmen, architects and other creative individuals looking to voice their artistic abilities. Funny Zoo is meant to inspire established and emerging artists from each and every discipline. All are welcome and encouraged to submit a design for selection (no later than December 1, 2015).
5What are the animals made of?
Each sculpture weighs approximately 125 pounds and is crafted from flame-retardant fiberglass that is reinforced with structural steel rebar. They are anchored and installed with a cement base that weighs approximately 400 pounds. Each animal will also include a smartphone-scannable QR code that will play voice- recorded information.
It comes as no surprise that Funny Zoo's founders, Bernard Scoffié & Jean-Fabrice Brunel, are devoted animal lovers. Scoffié is the current Vice President of the ''30 Million D'Amis'' animal foundation and formerly served as producer for a popular French TV show about pets. With both men having professional and extensive backgrounds in event planning through their Malibu-based company, French Pacific Events, they successfully debuted the Funny Zoo public art movement to great aplomb in Marseille, France in 2013. Now, Scoffié & Brunel's dream of bringing it to the United States has come true with a 2016 launch date set for Southern California!
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