Activist and sustainable designerAnna Garforth created a wonderful piece for the recent edition of Dutch Design Week. Dubbed ‘Wondering Territory’, the 3-D model illustrates the migration of a brown bear and the evolving urban landscapes that have spoiled its natural habitats. The recycled cardboard work woefully highlights the impact humans have had on our planet’s precious animals.

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We have been following Anna Garforth’s environmental street art for a while, and we fell in love with her poetic moss graffiti and funny recycled bottles planters that popped up on London’s streets. But the designer’s latest project is both very endearing and sad.

The designer first created a 2D template, printed with a human built landscape on its body, before it was folded into a 3D sculptural form. Its polygon sides unfold like a map, illustrating the conflict between the urban world and the animal’s habitat. The idea that bears — like many other animals — have to migrate in the search for a better, untouched place to live and to find food is reflected in this work. Although the sculpture does not reflect its surroundings, it still has an interesting, conceptual mirror-like effect.

Made in collaboration with packaging and display company Vinke, this art piece is both recyclable and compostable. Designed as part of a pop up exhibition at MOTI, a graphic design museum in Breda, The Netherlands, this bear is ready to migrate through Europe to different galleries, so make sure to follow its footsteps!

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Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat