The conservation charity Tusk has launched a London wide art installation curated by Chris Westbrook, to raise public awareness of the plight of the rhino, their conservation work and to raise vital funds for their projects.
Supported by an invited list of internationally respected and collected artists, including Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, The Chapman Brothers, Harland Miller and Dave White amongst others, 21 specially decorated and embellished rhino sculptures can be found on a trail around London. Each rhino is generously sponsored by a Tusk supporter or partner.
Forevermark has partnered with contemporary British Artist Dave White, who dedicates his work to celebrating popular culture and interpreting emotive issues. Of his rhino design, which he has titled Fragile, Dave White says, “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.”
Charlie Mayhew, Tusk’s CEO said; “We’re at a crisis point where the threat to rhino from poaching means a very real risk of losing this near prehistoric species forever to extinction. Tusk is incredibly grateful to all the amazing artists, generous sponsors and partners involved in the Tusk Rhino Trail for joining forces with us to work toward a future for rhino and other threatened species across Africa. Through the Trail we hope to inspire as many people as possible to join us in the fight.”
'Fragile' by Dave White is situated on New Bond Street, London W1S 3SU until 20 September 2018.
The sculptures are displayed at a selection of iconic London sites including Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Carnaby Street and will culminate with the celebration of World Rhino Day on 22 September 2018.
The unique artworks will then go to auction in aid of Tusk on 9 October 2018 at an event hosted by leading London auction house, Christies. 100% of the charity auction proceeds will go towards Tusk conservation projects.
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The high profile sale of works will be held the same week world leaders gather in London to attend the International Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade. The conference is an important opportunity for governments to make the commitments needed to end the illegal wildlife trade.
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