Australian artists and conservationists, Gillie and Marc, will launch Goodbye Rhinos at Astor Place in New York City with the installation of their, “The Last Three,” sculpture in March 2018. The campaign is an effort to raise awareness of the soon-to-be extinct Northern White Rhinos, Sudan, Najin and Fatu, and an overall threatened species.
The installation will feature three life-size, bronze Northern White Rhino sculptures mounted on top of one another. By creating a space where visitors can see, touch and interact with the rhinos, Gillie and Marc hope to inspire visitors. They also encourage visitors to leave their goodbye messages to the rhinos on the Goodbye Rhinos website, which will double as a petition to the United Nations to put an end to rhino poaching. The conservationists’ goal is to generate one million signatures on their petition.
The statue’s creators have traveled to Kenya, Africa to visit Sudan, Najin and Fatu where they live, heavily guarded in their own sanctuary. They spent time photographing, sketching and filming the docile rhinos from up close to better understand and get to know them. The sculpture will be the largest rhino sculpture to have been created, standing 16 feet tall and will be made from bronze.