Creative Resistance: Global Tiger Day 2017

Global Tiger Day 2017

Creative Resistance: Global Tiger Day 2017

We were invited by illustrator Stephen Lau to celebrate #GlobalTigerDay 2017.

by Peter Burch  @ptburch  petertburch 1st August, 2017 read time: 3 mins

Located at Publika, KL, #GlobalTigerDay brought together artists and creative brains from across Asia. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the world tiger population has fallen by over 95%.

International Tiger Day has been held on the 29th of July every year since 2010, when it was first launched at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit. This was done to raise awareness of the decline of wild tiger numbers, leaving them on the brink of extinction and to encourage the celebration around the important work of Tiger conservation.

With only 5,574 tigers left in the world, local events have been organized in Bangladesh, Nepal, and India as well as non-tiger-range countries such as the United States and United Kingdom.

In Malaysia, Global Tiger Day, sponsored by Tiger Beer, raises awareness and funds through art to protect this endangered species and fight the illegal tiger trade.

Using tigers as inspiration, artists attending #GlobalTigerDay at Publika included Hua Tunan, Tran Nguyen and Nookt.

Our particular favourites were the two vibrant street art pieces by Malaysian artist Kenji Chai:

Global Tiger Day 2017
Tiger Mural by Kenji Chai, Malaysia
Kenji Chai Tiger Illustration
Artwork by Kenji Chai, Malaysia

We also loved the large tiger sculpture on display by Malaysian illustrator/artist Stephen Lau:

Stephen Lau at Publika
Stephen Lau, Malaysia
Hua Tunan Tiger Artwork
Illustration by Hua Tunan from China

Snaring poses a grave risk to tigers and the WWF urge governments to reinforce investment in rangers in order to half the crisis.

Discover more about Global Tiger Day at WWF > 

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