Image via Gillie and Marc
On March 15, Astor Place will become home to The Last Three, the world’s tallest rhino sculpture that’s being created by New York and Sydney-based contemporary art duo, Gillie and Marc Schattner. The work aims to bring awareness to wildlife conservation and encourage the global community to end rhino horn sales.
After years of false belief in their medicinal benefits, the horns of Northern White Rhinos are worth more than gold and have caused these rare animals to be pushed to the brink of extinction. There are now only three Northern White Rhinos left in the world, and they aren’t able to reproduce. Gillie and Marc’s life-size, bronze statue, which will stand 17-feet-high when constructed, is a recreation of this final family: a male, Sudan, and two females, Najin and Fatu, who all live in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya.
In order to ensure that this species won’t die in vain, Gillie and Marc have raised over AUS $54,000 on Kickstarter to bring their sculpture to New York City. By collaborating with Nat Geo WILD, NYC DOT Art, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, INDE, Intrepid Travel, and The Thomas Collective, the artists have been successful in planning the first launch of The Last Three. Following the New York City debut, Gillie and Marc hope to show their sculpture at other cities across the world.