Gorillas in the Mist

Iliya Filimontsev2010

The Sand Museum

The Sand Museum
Fukube-cho, Yuyama 2083-17, Japan

The greatest threat to gorillas is humans. Logging and expanding agriculture have led to the loss of much of the forest gorillas inhabit. Poaching to make gorilla products, capturing the apes as pets, and killing for meat have reduced their numbers further: even in the safety of national parks. These kind and intelligent animals pound on their chests to protect their families when they are in danger; ironically, this loud action helps illegal hunters to find their targets.


  • Title: Gorillas in the Mist
  • Creator: Iliya Filimontsev
  • Date: 2010
  • Physical Location: Tottori City, Japan
  • Provenance: THE SAND MUSEUM
  • Type: Sand Sculpture
  • External Link: http://www.sand-museum.jp/
  • 作品解説 / Object Note (Japanese): ゴリラの天敵は人間です。紛争により発生した難民の食糧にされたり、商業目的の森林伐採と農業の拡大によりゴリラが住む森林は年々失われ、国立公園の中でさえペットやはく製、高価な肉として密猟されつづけてきました。優しく知的な生き物のゴリラは、危険を感じると家族を守るために立ち上がり胸を叩きますが、それが皮肉にもハンターの標的となってしまいます。
  • 作品タイトル / Object Title (Japanese): ゴリラの森

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