Notes on Creativity theme of the week:
Art and Culture
Torrington is home to the now world famous Gopher Hole Museum which features over 30 dioramas of 54 taxidermized gophers. The critters pose as townspeople in handmade costumes enjoying various aspects of small-town life.
In rural Alberta, gophers are considered a pest and a danger. Farmers often shoot these pests as they dig holes in which livestock trip and break their legs. The town decided that if the critters are going to be shot anyway, they may as well be put to good use and draw in tourism.
So far so good. Until word of the museum spread internationally. Suddenly, letters poured in from animal activist groups all over the globe protesting the cruelty (and perhaps loss of dignity?) perpetrated against these cuddly creatures. How dare this town commit critter-murder and call it a cultural attraction!
Meanwhile, the town is slowly making money off the bus loads of visitors coming to see what all the fuss is about. And the town is now world famous.
What do you think, is this art or animal cruelty?
Couldn’t resist this 47 second clip of the talking marmots. Enjoy!
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