Monumental Landscape

Wenjing Cen

‘Canary’ed, Yellow’


Perry Kulper


The thesis addresses the various degrees of brutality in a way how animals are being treated.

Setting in place at a time when the advance of technology allows humans to produce meat in the laboratory, people are no longer required to raise livestock for meat source, the existence of the live animals will have to be reimagined.

Because the cost for meat supplies has gone down so much, the number of human populations has gone up and the density of living is becoming extremely packed. The use of land has become a serious issue in the future.

As the former location of slaughterhouses has gone out of business, the unused land that once held captive animals will be repurposed and house a proportion of the last generation livestock. In addition, this land will also be utilized as a place where the human can escape and rejuvenate from the crowded city.

With the consideration that these animals have been domesticated for as long as humanity has existed, their animal instincts and natural ability in hunting for food have been long gone. This Monumental landscape ensures the last generation livestock will not go extinct due to the lack of survival skills in the wild.

While such locations provided animals a place to happily enjoy lives without any ways of human intervention, other possibilities also occur for these animals. There will be three forms of livestock that will be portrayed in the land are The Reservation, The Pet, and the virtual reality. For livestock being chosen to live with the human being as pets, the animals will be genetically modified to decrease their shape and sizes to better accommodate the living size of the family household. Due to the capacity for housing the animals, where there’s a need to create more varieties of entertainment in the landscape, virtual realistic animals will also be generated as a result.

The land is dedicated to serve as a recreation that provides relief for both the animal and human beings.

The challenge of the thesis is to open up a conversation about the so called humane ways of treating animals that are somehow derived to serve the benefit for humans. Although it seems that animals in the narration have received the various forms of freedom, these animals still remained captivated, changing from physicality to mentality. Empathy is nonexistent.