Famous Giraffe Artist Gets 15 Minutes

Oakland Zoo’s artist-in-residence, Benghazi, will finally get his 15 minutes of fame.  He painted this modern masterpiece, which will be auctioned tomorrow.

Benghazi painted the abstract work while at the zoo earlier this year, by holding paintbrushes in his mouth.  Too bad we can’t hear what inspired the artist, but these images evoke the Oakland sky and hills in the springtime.

The auction is sponsored by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), so the Oakland giraffe’s work will be featured nationally.  This commission will be auctioned along with 60 other animal artworks – and we’re so proud.

The live bidding starts promptly at 2pm PST, with previews an hour earlier.  If you are not available, then it’s possible to browse the art and place a proxy bid beforehand.

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