Another bit of London-based fun, here’s a story from a few years ago about a fox with a taste for classical paintings and an appreciation for a framed face. Artist Francis Alÿs, released a fox into the National Portrait Gallery in London, after hours of course, and captured the furry fellow’s escapades on the museum’s security cameras. He used the footage to create an 16 minute video installation that mimics the wall of monitors in a surveillance station.
The project was called The Nightwatch and was shown at both the Tate Modern and the National Portrait Gallery itself. Alÿs has been quoted as garnering his inspiration from the increased proliferation of surveillance cameras around London, and by the number of urban foxes scavenging the city. In any case, we at Jigsaw London can’t help but find the project intriguing (we like foxes and portraits, so it’s basically a win-win!) Here’s a video of the installation – It’s not the best quality, but I think it conveys the idea…Pretty foxy, huh?