Finding meaning in 'rubbish'

Artist Huang Yong Ping with his installation, Reptiles, which will be on display at Awakenings: Art In Society In Asia 1960s-1990s.
Artist Huang Yong Ping with his installation, Reptiles, which will be on display at Awakenings: Art In Society In Asia 1960s-1990s.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

China-born French artist Huang Yong Ping is probably best known for his controversial work, Theatre Of The World, a caged arena where snakes, toads, lizards and hundreds of insects battle one another for survival.

His installation, which obliquely comments on the effects of globalisation, has drawn the ire of animal-rights activists since it was conceived in 1993.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 11, 2019, with the headline 'Finding meaning in 'rubbish''. Print Edition | Subscribe