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Art Meets the Wild: The Tiger Safari Zoological Park Project

Updated: Apr 16




In the realm of bespoke art and design, the year 2023 marked a significant milestone for Wise Owl Concepts, as it ventured into a project that transcended the conventional boundaries of furniture making and sculpture art. Commissioned by Tiger Safari Zoological Park, this unique collaboration was an opportunity for Wise Owl Concepts, under the creative leadership of Zachary Pascarella, to meld the wild essence of nature with the sophistication of contemporary design.


The centerpiece of this collaboration was a commanding 10ft dining table, destined for an exquisitely themed guesthouse within the park's bounds. This wasn't just any dining table; it was a narrative piece, a celebration of the natural world's unbridled beauty, brought to life through the medium of Monkey Pod wood, sourced from the verdant heartlands of Costa Rica. The wood's organic imperfections, filled with a gradient of smokey grey epoxy, mirrored the ephemeral beauty of mist-shrouded African landscapes, offering guests not just a place to dine but an immersive experience into an otherworldly setting.


Zachary Pascarella's artistic intervention transformed the table's edges into a tactile narrative, hand-carved to evoke the rugged textures of the African wilderness. This artistic decision was more than aesthetic; it was a homage to the rich tapestry of African cultural heritage, interpreted through the lens of contemporary design. The table was supported by a network of criss-crossing square steel tubing, a signature design element that Zachary had pioneered years before its ascent to design popularity, underscoring his role as a trendsetter in the world of custom furniture.


The overwhelming success and reception of the dining table spurred an expansion of the collaboration, leading to the commissioning of two monumental sculptures that would stand sentinel at the park's entrance. Envisioned to be 10ft tall, these sculptures of a lion and tiger head were to be crafted from steel, each imbued with a life-like presence through Zachary's masterful patina rust finish. This technique, involving a deliberate application of acids and chemicals, is not merely a process but a form of alchemy that breathes life into metal, capturing the majestic essence of these regal creatures in a way that static forms seldom achieve.


These sculptures, slated for delivery in the fall of 2024, are more than just art installations; they are destined to become iconic landmarks that embody the spirit and majesty of the Tiger Safari Zoological Park. They represent a confluence of art, nature, and human ingenuity, a testament to Zachary Pascarella's visionary approach to art and design.

This project stands as a beacon of Wise Owl Concepts' capabilities, not just in terms of technical execution but in its ability to conceive and realize works that resonate on a deeper, almost primal level. The dining table and the forthcoming sculptures are not merely objects of utility or decoration; they are embodiments of a philosophy that sees art as an integral part of our interaction with the world around us.


Zachary Pascarella's work transcends the boundaries of traditional artistry and craftsmanship, positioning him as a luminary in the fields of design and sculpture. His ability to draw inspiration from the natural world, combined with a relentless pursuit of innovation, has cemented his status as a creative force to be reckoned with.


The Tiger Safari Zoological Park project is a vivid illustration of what happens when creative minds are given the freedom to dream and the tools to realize those dreams. It's a reminder of the power of art to transform spaces, to imbue them with meaning, and to connect us with the natural world in ways we might never have imagined.


As Wise Owl Concepts continues to evolve and expand its horizons, projects like the Tiger Safari Zoological Park serve as milestones along a journey that is as much about exploration and discovery as it is about creation. They are proof that in the right hands, the line between art and function can not only be blurred but beautifully erased, opening up new vistas of possibility in the world of design and beyond.


In a world where art and design often tread familiar paths, Zachary Pascarella and Wise Owl Concepts stand out for their willingness to venture into uncharted territories, to challenge conventions, and to redefine the boundaries of what is possible. The Tiger Safari Zoological Park project is not just a testament to their skill and vision but a beacon for the future of art and design, a future where the wild majesty of nature and the refined elegance of art coalesce into something truly extraordinary.

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