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Jade King


Nature and Concrete addresses the complex urban morphology of ZSL London Zoo. Each of the grade-listed structures depicted in the series is an interpretation of an idea of the ‘natural’.

The structures are preserved as architectural monuments, but were built to house, present and retain particular animals. Disjointed modifications appear awkwardly within the built fabric, and indicate makeshift responses to the unanticipated behaviour of the resident animals, whose agency is usually marginalised by their captivity.

Elsewhere, manmade barriers hide in plain sight: the zoo exists as a visual tableaux at once inviting speculation and controlling interpretation.