Robotic petting zoo replaces furry animals with inquisitive plastic tentacles

The residents of Minimaforms Petting Zoo aren’t goats or calves, but clusters of plastic tubes that dangle from a bracket placed in a ceiling. But just like the fluffier residents of a real petting zoo, the “pets” featured in this installation react to human contact, craning their tubular bodies around as visitors to Petting Zoo — installed at Orléans’ FRAC center — move around the project.

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