French artist Paulo Grangeon wants to let the public know about the rapid decline of the panda population, and to drive the point home he’s created 1600 papier-mâché bears – the estimated number of pandas living in the wild. This June, Grangeon is teaming up with WWF, PMQ and creative studio AllRightsReserved to take the pandas on tour, hitting up 10 Hong Kong locations, from the international airport to the Tian Tan Buddha. The cheery sight has already been seen in cities like Paris, Rome, Berlin and Taipei… but the message behind it is sobering.[see_also]
It’s striking to think that this is the total population of wild pandas in the entire world. While they seem to fill each of these locations to the brim, the same could be said for a hoard of tourists passing through the place every single minute. It’s all about perspective – one that we can’t truly appreciate without the fragile nature of the pandas existence being displayed so clearly.