Dubliners often refer to their natural history museum as the Dead Zoo.
The artist duo of Özlem Günyol/Mustafa Kunt – both born in Turkey and based in Frankfurt, Germany – borrowed this term for an alternative form of animal classification: military as opposed to scientific categorisation.
In describing the work they state “Animals have been used for military purposes for centuries. They have been used for communication, spying, transportation, explosives detectors and even as weapons. Like people, some of them received medals for their “extraordinary” services in the military or they were promoted.” (Source)
How interesting! How strange!