ORANGE residents have only this weekend to catch what’s become the biggest exhibition of the year so far at the Orange Regional Gallery.
Wunderkammer, a provocative and beautiful collection of taxidermy in the shapes of lions, a polar bear and a herd of antelope by Sydney artist Rod McRae, has drawn almost 3000 people through the door of the gallery since it opened in August.
Orange mayor John Davis is delighted at the response from the Orange community, which often slips under the radar.
“If we had 3000 people turn out to a football game in Orange it would be front page news,” Cr John Davis said. “To me it shows that the people of Orange have really broad tastes when it comes to the shows they want to see.
“A few weeks back we had thousands turn out for the Group 10 grand final at Wade Park. This week we have Australia’s best Shakespeare company performing a comedy at the civic theatre, and by Sunday the tally of people who’ve come to see this show at the gallery will pass 3000.
“This is fantastic for a regional centre to have such a rich variety of shows and experiences. It’s great too for the local economy that people are coming from across the central west to these venues.”
The Wunderkammer exhibition raises questions about global warming. A polar bear is perched precariously on top of a refrigerator, which is angled to give the impression it’s about to tip over.
Another exhibit, a huge male lion sprawled playfully across a king-sized bed like a giant kitten, blurs the distinctions between endangered wild animals and pampered domestic pets.
Wunderkammer’s last open day is tomorrow at the Orange Regional Gallery.