Westfield London, Europe’s largest shopping and leisure destination, today unveiled Gillie and Marc’s sculpture, titled ‘rise up rhino’, which will reside in Westfield, London, for six months before traveling to Westfield Stratford City for a further six months.
Launched on Earth Day, which continues to be a catalyst for continued education, action and change, the 2,298kg bronze sculpture, which took two years to create by Australian artists Gillie and Marc, is a life-size replica of a male northern white rhinoceros life-size sculpture and shows the endangered mammal flying through the air.
Demonstrating what needs to be done is the ‘Rabbit Woman’ and ‘Dog Man’, the artists’ most iconic characters, who have traveled the world spreading messages of hope, acceptance and love.
They invite the public to sit in the open spaces on either side of them to join in their mission to raise the rhino and become rhino protectors.
There are only two northern white rhinos left in the world and a male white rhino can weigh up to four tons in real life, or the equivalent of 50 humans.
The fully interactive sculpture will be displayed on Westfield London’s South Terrace for the public to experience.
Gillie and Marc have been named “the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York City history” by The New York Times.
The celebrated duo of artists and conservationists have been instrumental in redefining public art as a tool to reconnect people to nature and ultimately help to transform society towards sustainability.
Rhinos find a very special place in the hearts of artists. This love story began during a project commemorating a black rhino and her calf who mysteriously died at a zoo in Dubbo, Australia.
The artists were heartbroken by this tragedy and wanted to create a work of art that would not only remember the rhinos, but also raise awareness for conservation.
It sparked a fire that led the duo to learn all they could about rhinos, trying to find a way to give voice to the voiceless and help people understand the urgency of conservation. These animals.
Gillie and Marc used the trajectory of their sculpture’s installation to motivate petition signatures, which they used to lobby the government of Vietnam to eradicate rhino trafficking in their country.
Through their art, Gillie and Marc aim to transform passive audiences into passionate advocates for rhino conservation.
Their mission is to use their work as a platform to continue raising awareness about endangerment, which will ultimately lead to change and save species from extinction.
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