Like a zebra or tiger, this garbage can’s “disruptive coloration” stripes allow it to blend in with its environment . . . at least during the time of day that afternoon sun pours into the Grohmann Museum via its four-story atrium, casting shadows like long fingers stretching into the galleries.
I had to look up “protective coloration” to make sure it was the correct term, and it was, although “disruptive” is more accurate. Both are forms of camouflage, which itself is a word with an interesting etymology.
And here’s an interesting related/unrelated tidbit: as I was doing a quick run through Google to find the right term, I came across a book called African Game Trails: An Account of the African Wanderings of an American Hunter-Naturalist.
Did you catch the author’s name? Theodore Roosevelt? In March 1909, shortly after leaving the Presidency, Roosevelt made an extended visit to Africa to “collect specimens” (I’m not sure what kind, although as you can see from the book’s cover, he also shot at least one elephant) for the Smithsonian.
Very interesting! I’m putting this book on my “to read” list.
(I wonder what the world would have to say if a modern-day former President were to put out a book with a similar cover? 🙂 )