Artist gives classic card game environmental twist with beautiful illustrations of endangered animals
An artist has designed a game of memory with pictures of animals that are endangered in Poland.
More than just a game, it helps connect players with the natural world.
Also known as “concentration” or “pairs”, memory is a card game in which cards a placed face-down on a surface.
The cards normally feature pictures on one side – two of each picture per pack.
Players need to turn over a pair of matching cards.
Polish artist Weronika Kolińska has given this classic game an environmental twist by creating a pack of memory cards with pictures of endangered animals, along with their names in Polish.
Kolińska illustrated the cards herself, with detailed pictures of animals in black and white, along with their names in Polish.
The cards feature a variety of endangered animals that live in Poland, from large mammals, such as the brown bear, to insects like the green hawker, a type of dragonfly.
Other animals depicted include the Aesculapian snake, which is native to Europe, the mouse-eared bat and the Apollo butterfly.
In Poland, the Ministry of the Environment compiles a list of protected animals, which cannot be killed, captured or moved from their usual environment, among other things.
The most recent list, published in 2016, contains over 200 species of animals ranging from bison to shorebirds, along with 27 types of bat.
The young artist's work is driven by her love for the animal kingdom; on Instagram, she describes herself as “vegan for the animals”.
One of her T-shirt designs features a drawing of a cow, pig, hen, rabbit and duck, with the slogan “Friends not food”.
She sells her prints on online platform Etsy, where she describes her work as a “nature lover’s art”.
The pack of memory cards, called “Together for Nature”, can be purchased online. (e.g here: https://wearmedicine.com/p/medicine-gra-memory-by-weronika-kolinska-15772)