Life-sized rhino sculptures are now on the streets of Sydney.
Commissioned by Taronga Zoo last year, the ‘Wild! Rhinos’ installation spans from the foreshore of Sydney Harbour to the outback streets of Dubbo. The aim is to draw attention to the plight of the endangered Javan, Sumatran and Black Rhino. Public spaces around the city will be home to over 75 sculptures from 2 February until 28 April.
Over 150 designs were entered by artists all around the country, with businesses, organisations and local councils choosing to sponsor from a shortlist of entrants. Channel Seven, Woolworths, Qantas, and South African Tourism are among many backing the effort.
Fifty-five schools across New South Wales were also invited to participate, painting and decorating 64 additional rhino calves to go on display at shopping centres across Sydney. Each school has the opportunity to keep their baby rhino at the end of the event.
The life-sized artworks will go to auction at The Star Casino on Wednesday 14th May. Proceeds go towards conservation projects in Asia and Africa, as well as breeding programs for the Black Rhino at Taronga Zoo. – Naomi Winner
For more information and to follow the trail, go to www.taronga.org.au/wild-rhinos.
Photo by Naomi Winner