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Animalia is a new exhibition in Train World in Brussels starting February 2023.

In recent years, worrying messages have been heard about the deterioration of living conditions on Earth. The preservation of biodiversity and the fight against climate change are therefore major challenges for our contemporary world. In this context, the train, thanks to its low CO2 emissions, represents an asset in favour of sustainable mobility and has more than ever a bright future ahead of it.1)

Through the Animalia exhibition, Train World invites you on a poetic and scientific journey dedicated to the preservation of our environment, particularly from the point of view of biodiversity and climate.2)

Pierre-Yves Renkin, a renowned Belgian animal sculptor, has been invited as a guest artist to exhibit a series of animal sculptures in our museum.

These animal sculptures are displayed in the museum in dialogue with our railway collections. Along the way you will meet elephants, a gorilla, a giraffe, a turtle and a crocodile! All of this is set between the old locos, the world of rails and the many railway treasures that Train World houses.

In parallel with this journey centred on poetic emotion, the themes of the preservation of biodiversity, global warming and the advantages of the train as a sustainable mode of transport are developed in the various areas of the museum. One part of this exhibition is also devoted to the efforts made by the SNCB and Infrabel to reduce the impact of their activities on our environment and the climate.


TrainWorld shared the following pictures 3).


The sound track of the exhibition is made by Bruno Letort. Letort is also responsible for the normal sound track in TrainWorld.Photos by Bruto Retort.

Announcement poster

The announcement poster for the exhibition is based on a drawing by Francois Schuiten. His original concept drawing differs a lot from the end result.

A second draft looks closer to the end result.

Pencil sketches of the final layout.

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