Kiyoshi Mino, ‘Nº 31 "Common Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes)"’, 2015, Chamber

Made entirely from wool and a steel wire armature, this life-sized sculpture of the common chimpanzee was created using a technique known as needle felting. Originally designed for use in industrial felting machines, the needle features tiny, downward facing notches on its shaft which catch fibers on the surface of a clump of wool then pull the fibers inward, entangling them with other fibers, which causes the wool to felt.

In this piece, the artist showcases an intelligence and emotional depth within the chimpanzee, the mammal from which humankind evolved, and with which we share more commonalities than we, as a self-perceived superior species, care to admit.

Illinois, United States