Ok, so the pandas aren’t real, they’re paper maché – but these guys are still as cute as can be, and they do represent the real bamboo munchers.
The 1600 sculptures, designed by French artist Paulo Grangeon, are a part of “The 1600 Pandas World Tour,” an immersive art exhibit aimed at raising awareness for animal welfare and conservation efforts. And although 1600 may seem (and look) like a large number of the cute creatures, the number is reflective of the amount of real pandas left in the wild at the time when the idea for the tour emerged.
The pandas will slowly crawl across Malaysia over the next month, hitting 15 iconic landmarks on this leg of their journey.
The tour began in 2008 in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund.
Check out some amazing pictures of the installation’s prior stops. Maybe these pandas will toddle by your neighborhood next!
Feel like running around with a pack of friendly pandas? Now you can.