Alessandro Gallo an artist from Genoa, Italy created a bizarre world populated with anthropomorphic animals for his installation "Metro" at the Italian Pavilion, 54th Venice Art Biennale. It represents northern line of the London underground where people from all walks of lives come in close contact, it's a preview of the world above - the city.
“I use animals because they create immediate associations with the viewer,” Gallo explains, “and because they effectively embody thoughts and attitudes that would otherwise remain hidden. In fact they’ve been used to embody aspects of our personality in all eras and cultures, from tales for children to religious narratives. They all have biological and behavioral characteristics which may reflect us – in a tongue-in-cheek way, too – like a mask or a caricature. The chameleon, for example, which can change skin color and whose independent eyes see in all directions, could portray an alert, opportunist predator” - via.
"Metro" project consists of 3 carriages and 21 characters made of clay and mixed media. The clothes and accessories of each of the characters make them even more realistic. The owl wearing a head scarf and reading a book, a rooster with a bouquet of flowers, a squirrel looking for a fruit in her bag and more depict different personalities that can represent us.