Traversing across London, we went looking for the remaining Rhinos – found twelve more!
“In a world where so much effort and money goes in to creating custom made fashion pets and accessories we have perhaps become too remote from the treasures of real nature and should consider all wild life with the same love and respect that we reserve for our pets; hence the symbolism of the custom markings and veterinary care.” https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/mauro-perruchetti/
The other Rhino at Covent Garden is at the Western entrance to South Hall.The Rainbosceros by Patrick HughesThe Rainbosceros, known by some as the Rhinebow, is a unique creature who brings joy wherever he appears. He carries on his broad back Hope and Optimism and all the colours of the spectrum of visible light to illuminate the importance of our rich natural life in our beautiful planet. Long may he roam. https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/patrick-hughes/
At Trafalgar Square – North Terrace East By Gerry McGovern“I wanted to celebrate the magnificence of this unique beast, so my rhino is covered in a chrome finish. The idea being that because of the highly reflective nature of chrome it will be seen from a long distance, consequently creating awareness of the plight of this animal in Africa. The red painted horn signifies the absurdity of this beautiful creature being hunted for such a small part of its overall being. “Long live the rhino” https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/gerry-mcgovern/
At Trafalgar Square – North Terrace WestHate’s Outta Date by Harland Millerhttps://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/harland-miller/
… painted to look bronze is an ironic twist on the artists tromp l’oeul painted bronze found objects (often worthless items discarded from our consumer culture). This statue of a nearly extinct mammal holds echoes of museum or religious statues of mythical beasts or, as the title suggests – martyred saints. The extremities, in particular the legendary horn has been rubbed to a gleaming shine like the foot of st Peter at the Vatican. But the reverence for this particular protuberant relic is tragically contributing to the demise of this statuesque symbol of loss in the anthropocene age. https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/gavin-turk/
We moved on from Trafalgar Square towards Mayfair and the first of the five Rhinos there is in front of the Ralph Lauren store at 1 New Bond Street.Fragile by Dave White“Reflecting a realistic vision from a distance, with an abstraction of expressive paint marks upon closer viewing, my work represents the fragile balance of order and chaos in the natural world and the impact that we are having on our environment. I hope that by inspiring generations of all ages with this project, it will be one small positive step to support Tusk in their vital work protecting endangered species.” https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/dave-white/
Further along to 16/17 New Bond St at the pedestrian section. Final Cuts by Jonathan Yeohttps://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/jonathan-yeo/
And at Berkeley Square, stood a lone Rhino –By Marc Quinn.He had “designed this sculpture to be an extension of his ongoing Flesh Paintings series (2011 – present). He has chosen to wrap the rhino in images of flesh in order to take a strong stance against barbarity. Through the work, Quinn is exploring and raising for discussion ideas of desire and repulsion, contradiction and moral paradox.” https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/marc-quinn/
Walking towards The Connaught Hotel – we found –this Rhino by Chapman Bros.“It is a very sad state of affairs that charities appeal to idiots like us to present the appalling truth of the butchering of endangered species, so that rich people can donate money to hopefully stop the practise. If you are a rich person reading this you are obliged to put your hand into your very deep pockets, not least because governments have failed, but because the poaching of rhinos is mostly due to the fetishtistic idiocy of misguided superstitious people, robbing us, and future generations, of the prehistoric beauty that is the black rhino.” https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/chapman-bros/
Next stop – the south side of Marble ArchSpectrum Rhino, 2018 by Nick and Rob Carter“From its centre expanding outward a concentric circle emotes themes of a change and evolution. In nature, circles and spirals have been linked to the circle of life from birth, growth, death and reincarnation.” https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/nick-and-rob-carter/
In Kensington Palace GardensBy Axel Scheffler“It’s important that we protect and conserve our natural world. On safari, Julia Donaldson heard about the so-called ‘Ugly Five’ and made them the heroes of our new book that celebrates the wildlife of South Africa. On my rhino there’s a wildebeest, warthog, spotted hyena, marabou stork and lappet-faced vulture. Can you also spot an African starling, dung beetle, elephant shrew, rhinoceros beetle and lizard?” https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/axel-scheffler/
At South Kensington Tube StationWatch Out by Nancy FoutsThis one gave me the heebie-jeebies! The Rhino has eyes all over its body!!! Combining Surrealism, Dada and Pop Art, Nancy Fouts’ work brings together seemingly disconnected objects and ideas to revel in the inherent strangeness of the everyday. (https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com/artists/nancy-fouts/)
May’s comment: The Tusk Rhino Trail is a London wide art installation that celebrates the magnificence of the rhino and to draw attention to the severe threat of poaching to their survival.
They are on display at iconic London sites until World Rhino Day on 22nd September. They will then be auctioned by the leading London auction house, Christie’s on 9th October 2018. The funds raised will provide vital support for conservation projects protecting rhino and other iconic African species. – https://www.tuskrhinotrail.com
After today, we have found 16 out of the 21 Rhinos. 5 more to go!!!