Jane Revitt is a visual artist who specialises in creating artwork for specific locations. Jane specialises in producing Talking Chairs; audio furniture which have been displayed in museums, schools, libraries, and now Chester Zoo!
Name(s): Jane Revitt
Website page: www.janerevitt.co.uk
Name of ‘world’ you’ve been developing: Three Talking Chairs
Jane tells us more about the Talking Chairs she is producing for the Wild Worlds festival.
“I decided to create items of furniture that feature details of the zoo’s animals and plants including feathers, leaves and thorns. When I first looked around the zoo, I loved the fact that herbs, vegetables and flowers are grown as treats for particular animals. One of the gardens I’ve designed is based on this. Its design is influenced by a ‘potager’ – a French kitchen garden where herbs, vegetables and flowers are combined decoratively.
“Each chair has a particular theme and visitors sitting in them will be able to hear about flamingos, rhinos and the special plants that are grown in the zoo for enriching the lives of the animals. The chairs will be sitting in their own gardens – some bigger than others – designed especially for Wild Worlds.
“Something I hadn’t realised before I worked on the project is how vital the analysis of animal dung is in the conservation of species and how much work Chester Zoo is involved in.
“The zoo staff have a wealth of knowledge about plants and animals that I’ve been able to tap into. I’ve particularly enjoyed having the chance to design the chairs and to work with the zoo’s horticultural experts to create the gardens around the flamingo chair and enrichment chair. You never know what each new project will bring – finding plants to complement the astonishing coral pink plumage of the Caribbean Flamingos has been just one of the challenges of the job!
“Apart from seeing the rest of Wild Worlds, I’m really looking forward to seeing the chairs in their final positions at the zoo. It’s been a long process – from researching ideas to producing drawings and models, and finally the actual chairs. I’m also keen to see how the plants in the gardens surrounding the chairs grow and develop as the summer passes and changes to autumn.
“I’m hoping visitors will enjoy sitting in the chairs and discovering some surprising facts about animals they didn’t know before.
“Among other things I’ve discovered which plant makes a lion roll about in delight and why flamingos are pink. I can’t choose a favourite animal, but have grown rather fond of the young rhinos – and I’ve been observing the flamingos on every visit and never tire of seeing their extraordinary colours and behaviour.”