A new book titled ‘Aquarium Animals’ describes the ‘world of the fish’, the ‘animal world’, the “animal world”, and how they can be used in designing, advertising, packaging and more.
“It’s not about design, it’s about how we communicate with animals,” said co-author and senior lecturer in architecture at RMIT’s Faculty of Architecture, Professor Simon Lee.
“Animals and their behaviour are a key part of our lives, but they can also be used as a form of expression, in a way that is not just a way of showing love.”
Dr Lee and his co-authors explain the history of how animals have been used to communicate with one another and to entertain people in the Australian cultural tradition of animal and nature exhibitions.
The book is a collection of essays and a selection of images, from paintings and sculptures to drawings, videos and films, that demonstrate how animals can be seen as expressions of their environment.
The work of Dr Lee, who is a member of the RMIT College of Architecture and Design, was funded by the Australian Council for the Arts (ACAA), the Australian College of Art (ACP), and the Australian Museum of Natural History (AMNH).
The work is available for purchase at the Australian Art Gallery.
The book will be presented on November 1 at the ASHA conference in Melbourne.
The full text of the book can be found here.