A 3000-lb sculpture has just pedalled into Toronto, with a spare seat for you

Published May 2024

Ever wanted to bike ride with a rhino, dog and a rabbit? Well, here’s your chance. 

A new bronze sculpture featuring these animals is the Entertainment District’s latest installation, created by the internationally acclaimed artistic duo Gillie and Marc Schattner, known as Gillie and Marc

Titled, He Was on a Ride to a Safer Place, the interactive 3000-lb project will be on display in David Pecaut Square for the next year, with a goal of delivering messages of equality, acceptance, and conservation.

The captivating piece features Gillie and Marc’s beloved characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, riding a four-seater bicycle led by a northern white rhinoceros. The public is encouraged to hop on the fourth seat, and go on a whimsical journey with them. 

Marc describes the characters as “blending humanity with the wild.” 

“They’re out there, spreading the message of conservation, inspiring people to care for our planet and its creatures,” he said in a press release. “It’s heartwarming to see others connect with them, having fun while learning about wildlife.”

The characters are intended to be symbols of diversity and acceptance, depicting the tale of two opposites becoming best friends and soul mates. The inclusion of the rhino also spreads the important message of compassion for and the conservation of endangered animals.

With a passion for animals and a deep understanding of the urgent need for conservation, The British and Australian duo have become global ambassadors for wildlife preservation. Through thought-provoking sculptures and visually-stunning paintings, Gillie and Marc aim to raise awareness and celebrate the beauty of wildlife. 

The award-winning pair have transformed public spaces around the world, with works seen in over 250 cities. The one-and-a-half-ton downtown sculpture is ironically a smaller version of their most popular exhibit, previously showcased in London and New York City. 

“We’re excited to bring this beloved piece to Toronto and share its message of love and unity with the community,” Gillie said. 

The sculpture joins over 70 other pieces of public artworks in the Toronto Downtown West area. 

“Public art plays a crucial role in shaping the identity and vibrancy of a downtown area,” Janice Solomon, executive director of Toronto Downtown West BIA, said in a statement. “Gillie and Marc’s sculpture helps to beautify the area, foster community engagement and enhance the economic vitality of the city.”

The exhibition will be on display at David Pecaut Square, located at 215 King Street West. until May 2025. 

Visitors are encouraged to engage with the art by taking photos and posting them using the hashtag #LoveTheLast to add to the meaningful conversation of connecting with wildlife. 

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