Sand art tiger

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India – Pragativadi

Sudarsan Patnaik Sculpts Marvelous Sand Art On “Save Tiger”.

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With an aim to spread awareness on conservation of tigers and wildlife among the common mass, internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik on Sunday created a marvelous sculpture of a tiger at the Puri sea beach.

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There are different ways to raise awareness on the terrible situation of tigers.

Sudarsan Patnaik did it very originally: with sand!

#tiger #tigernews

Life of pi tiger

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USA – Broadway Buzz

Life of Pi, Featuring Puppet Design by War Horse's Finn Caldwell, Will Transfer to London's West End.

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Following a celebrated premiere staging at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, the new stage adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling 2001 fantasy adventure novel Life of Pi will move to London’s West End next spring. Previews will begin on June 22, 2020 ahead of a July 9 opening night at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Max Webster, Life of Pi takes place after a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. There are five survivors stranded on a single lifeboat: a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, a sixteen-year-old boy and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

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Yes, tigers will perform on stage on West End in London, as the theater version of the controversial movie Life of Pi will be enchanting people there too.

This time in the theater it will happen with puppets and not with real tigers, which made the movie highly controversial (despite the effects used).

#tiger #tigernews

Amur pixel tiger

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United Kingdom – Unilad

Photos Of Species Made Up Of As Many Pixels As There Are Animals Still Alive.

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Population by Pixel, shows how close animals are to extinction by how pixelated they are. The images are made up of as many pixels as there are animals left of that particular species.

It was created by agency Hakuhodo C&D / Tokyo and was the brainchild of creative directors Nami Hoshino, Yoshiyuki Mikami, and designer Kazuhiro Mochizuki.

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What happens if you create a photograph of wild animals based on their numbers?

This article shows how photographs look like if their resolution in pixels is in accordance with their numbers in the wild.

#tiger #tigernews

Tiger Art

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USA – Illinois News Bureau

Endangered Animals Project Looks At Tigers, Habitat Loss, Climate Change.

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Illinois artist Deke Weaver will premiere a solo multimedia performance this fall with stories of man-eating tigers and the devastating impact of climate change.

“TIGER” is the fifth performance in Weaver’s project “The Unreliable Bestiary,” which will present a performance for each letter of the alphabet, representing an endangered animal or habitat.

“A lot of the shows end up becoming shows not about animals in particular, but more about our relationship with them and how we humans are relating to animals and relating to their habitats,” said Weaver, a professor of new media in the University of Illinois School of Art and Design.

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A US artist’ professor in multimedia will perform a solo multimedia performance in several US cities.

The reason for this is to raise awareness on what’s happening with tigers and on climate change.

We only can say: book this guy also for international stages!

#tiger #tigernews

Scary tigers

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USA – Gizmodo

Issa López On The Horrors Of Tigers Are Not Afraid, Her Haunting Festival Breakout Film.

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Tigers Are Not Afraid is a fairy-tale nightmare that takes place in a world that’s all too real. As a drug war rages around them, a group of orphans band together in a part of Mexico City that’s become a ghost town—meaning empty and deserted, but yes, also haunted by angry spirits.

Since its 2017 film-festival debut, Tigers has racked up awards worldwide and writer-director Issa López has been showered with praise from high-profile admirers like Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, and Guillermo del Toro. Del Toro—whose own work, particularly 2001’s The Devil’s Backbone, feels like spiritual kin to Tigers—even went out of his way to give López a shout-out at his recent Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony.

 

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Interview with movie director Issa López that used a zoo tiger for a movie – that was originally without tigers – because the tiger was available. Nothing more and nothing less.

Despite the quality of the movie and the work of the director the way they deal with a tiger is a perfect example of how people respect endangered animals.

We believe this has to change.

 

Machli tiger

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Text: India – Entertainment Times, Photo: Ranthambore National Park

A Film On Ranthambore Tiger Queen Wins National Award For Best Environment Film.

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Machli, the legendary tiger queen of Ranthambhore National Park of Rajasthan, who won millions of hearts across the globe, is still making news. A film, which was made on the tigress, has won the Best Environment Film award at the recently concluded 66th National Film Awards.

The 60-minute documentary titled The World’s Most Famous Tiger was directed by four-time National award winner filmmaker Subbiah Nallamuthu. Nallamuthu says, “It’s my fifth National award and that is definitely making me happy. This film is my way of protecting the tigers and creating awareness about tiger conservation. It was also an attempt at pulling viewers into the world of tigers. Machli died at the record age of 20 years giving birth to nine cubs at the sanctuary and creating a gene pool for 50 tigers.”

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Machli, the legendary tiger queen of Ranthambhore National Park of Rajasthan, who won millions of hearts across the globe, is still making news.

Now with a movie called “The World’s Most Famous Tiger” by Indian filmmaker Subbiah Nallamuthu. The movie won a National Film Award and tells the chronicles of Machli’s rise to power, and the extraordinary legacy she left behind.

Sumatran tiger drawing

The Environment and Forestry Ministry will release two Sumatran tigers into their habitat in Riau Province after it cooperated with the Dharmasraya Sumatra Tigers Rehabilitation Center-ARSARI Djojohadikusumo Foundation (PR-HSD-ARSARI Foundation) to conduct rescue activities.

The Sumatran tigers comprise a female tiger called Bonita and a male tiger named Atan Bintang, the ministry noted in a press statement released on Monday.

Bonita was rescued from a plantation at Tanjung Simpang Village in Indragiri Hilir District on January 3, 2018, while Atan Bintan was rescued from a residential area in Burung Island also in the district on November 18, 2018.

“The conservation of (endangered) animals would be successful if all sides were to work together. The result of PVA (Population Viability Analysis) shows the population of Sumatran tigers in their natural habitat reaches only 603 found in 23 habitat enclaves,” Director General of Natural Resources and Ecosystem Conservation of the Environment and Forestry Ministry Wiratno stated.

Tiger art

The global environmental conservation organization WWF-Indonesia has used an art approach to protect Sumatran tigers, in its collaboration with young rapper Tuan Tigabelas from Sumatra to hold a concert at Mount Pancar in Bogor District, West Java, in the commemoration of Global Tiger Day on July 29.

WWF Indonesia in its statement here on Sunday said it raised the tagline of “Sumatran tigers as the pride of Indonesia” and choose an art and cultural approach to awaken in public the pride toward the iconic species, based on fact that tigers often exist in works of art such as stories, songs, films and paintings.

WWF-Indonesia Partnership Director Ade Swargo Mulyo said the organization has collaborated with Tuan Tigabelas who had long been inspired by tigers in his works, to hold “Concert-vation: Concert and Conservation”.

Eye on the tiger

Even as we’re days away from celebrating International Tiger Day, news of an adult tigress being brutally beaten up in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh is doing the rounds. Tigers around the world succumb to such man-animal conflicts, resulting in the drastic dwindling of their numbers. Concentrated efforts need to be put in for their conservation, and creating awareness about the threat faced by tigers is a good place to start. The exhibition ‘Save the Tiger’, curated by gallerist Kalpana Shah and artist Fawad Tamkanat, takes a leap in this direction.

But the exhibition doesn’t overwhelm you with written details about the tiger. Instead, it gently nudges you in the direction of discovery by presenting artworks that draw out the beauty, charisma and power of this regal beast. And that’s why, on stepping into the gallery, one feels like one has stepped onto a patch of wilderness overrun by the big cat.

Wall after wall is covered with photographs and paintings that capture the tiger mid-move and mid-mood. In the photographs of Raj Salgaokar, Isheta Salgaokar, Rajesh Khanna and Urvi Piramal, we see the tiger in its natural habitat, engaged in mundane pursuit like bathing, dozing in a verdant patch, playing with siblings or even sitting stalk still, gazing into the camera. A similar candidness is captured in the paintings of Sushma Jain.

Tiger family cartoons

With the Malayan Tiger population in the wild already at an all-time low, news of the death of a tiger caught in Kampung Besul Lama, Dungun, Terengganu, recently, has set alarm bells ringing.

Siblings Delwin Cheah Wien Loong, 16, and Delwina Cheah Kah Yan, 14, despite their tender age, have taken a step towards raising awareness about the need to protect Malayan Tigers by starting a campaign on the issue.

The campaign, named HUKU, is derived from two Chinese words — Lao (Hu) and Tong (Ku), which means “the tigers are suffering”.

Their friend, Max Yeoh Pang Kuan, 26, is also helping in the campaign.

Machhli tigress

Amur tiger artists

Rohan Dahotre tiger

As a former graphic designer at lifestyle brand, Chumbak, Rohan Dahotre, 31, has drawn more owls than he can count. “Easily a hundred or more,” he says. “I’m planning a book on how to draw owls, because many people like to draw them. Yesterday only I drew one.” At Chumbak, Dahotre not only started his journey as a wildlife illustrator, but also as an illustrator. A trained animator from Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune, he struggled to find work for nearly four years, before he joined Chumbak in 2015 in Bengaluru. After quitting last year, he moved back to Pune, and is currently focused on capturing the wild: on paper.

Since he started his journey, “My knowledge of animals has definitely increased. It is better to draw animals live because capturing that movement is very important. But I need to improve on my basic skills as an illustrator before I can attempt that,” he says. As a quick fix, he downloads images from the internet, “I study them, practise them, and try to draw it in my way.” Today, he loves drawing tigers, bears, rhinos and blue whales. These aren’t simple illustrations, which can be attempted by anyone with knowledge of Photoshop, but highly skilled portraits that take into account every gradient and line of fur on an animal’s body. “I like the form and proportion of rhinos. A tiger’s face itself is so beautiful. I have drawn tigers in Gond, a tiger logo, a graphical tiger and a tiger portrait. One animal can be drawn in many ways, just like painters can draw human beings in many ways. I also explore different styles and mediums: sketch pens, crayons, pencils.” For instance, he’s done a blue whale in a Van Gogh, impressionist-style, as a pen doodle, and as a mural.

Drawing animals has certainly changed him a lot. “I see many things originating from wildlife, and inspired from nature, whether it is patterns on a chameleon, leopard prints or tiger prints. Or different characteristics, like how jellyfish swim, or how birds behave and their flight patterns. The best part is, I don’t know even one per cent of [the natural world] right now. So, I’m excited to learn more.”

Tigerland

Art tiger

Ranthombore tiger

It is our first day at Ranthambore National Park, a gorgeous expanse of towering cliffs and thousand-year-old fortress ruins in the semi-desert state of Rajasthan, India. Our arrival here has coincided with freezing temperatures that swept down overnight from the Himalayas. It hasn’t been this cold here in 70 years, but despite the frigid weather, my traveling companion and I clamber into the back of an open jeep before dawn and roar down the road to the park, icy winds howling past our ears. We spend hours patrolling the forest as dust settles into the folds of our lap rugs.

After noon, the temperatures climb modestly, and we end up having a blue-ribbon day of wildlife sightings: chital deer, langur monkeys, a mongoose, a crocodile. We even get an up-close view of the ultra-rare jungle cat, a muscular feline about the size of a lynx. But we have not yet bagged the prize for which we’ve traveled halfway around the world: the Bengal tiger.

Tigers are rare these days, heartbreakingly rare. A 2018 census puts the world total at 3,890; at the time of our visit, there were even fewer. A few weeks before we left for India, a scandal broke. At Sariska, a reserve not far from Ranthambore, the combined pressures of human encroachment, genetic isolation and poaching wiped out the entire tiger population. Far from spotlighting the disaster, the authorities covered up the news. For months after the last cat vanished, tourists rode around Sariska in jeeps just like this one, looking for tigers that didn’t exist.

Rohan Chakravarty

Lego tiger

Lazo tiger

Malayan tiger art