Hippo Wild Ride
Dimensions 1.7 x 2.7 x 1.2 M ( H*L*W ) 500kg
Hippo Wild Ride from the series ‘Love The Last.’
By Gillie and Marc
Hippo Wild Ride is a monument to the endangered species across the world that need our help. ‘Love The Last’ series aims to use public art to raise awareness, funds, and support for the most vulnerable animals.
Rabbitwoman and Dogman, who appear perched up on the hippo, are Gillie and Marc’s symbols of unity and acceptance. They bring people together, just as the artists bring the conservation message to you. Hippo Wild Ride is not an artwork that says do not touch, instead, copy the duo as they invite you to jump up on the interactive sculpture.
Rabbitwoman and Dogman want you to sit and climb on the sculpture, and be part of the cause and mission. Use the hashtag #LoveTheLast to share a selfie with the hippo, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, and join in the conservation of these beautiful animals – before it’s too late.
More about our hippo:
Turgwe Hippo Trust considers the hippo in Hippo Wild Ride, as the most photogenic hippo, with a hairier head and light skin. Named Kuchek after conservationist Karen Paolillo’s childhood pony, this beloved animal wanted to stay with his family, refusing to leave, which is typical male bull behaviour.
As male hippos draw to maturity, they are usually driven out by their family to make way for future calves and as not to spar with the dominant bull. Kuchek, however, refused to leave and stayed with his family no matter how much they fought him (fighting is normal hippo behaviour). In her 28 years of conservation work, Paolillo has only seen this behaviour in bull hippos twice!
At the age of 13, Kuchek became in charge of his own family – after his parents left – and is now the father of four calves.
With an estimated 54% of us living in urban environments, it is easy to forget that we share our world with a wide variety of unique creatures. However, we can’t ignore that many of these animals are facing devastating habitat loss due to the increasing human population, illegal hunting and climate change.
By bringing these animals into urban environments, it sends a message the public cannot ignore. The artists are committed to making robust, eye-catching artworks that are designed to be touched, climbed on and photographed. When people interact with the artwork, it is the first step towards loving these animals, and if people can love these endangered animals, they can begin to care for them and act now to stop their extinction.
Gillie and Marc are determined to keep sharing the plight of these endangered species through public art, there are eight species they want to help save, and they need your help.