Wildlife on the Edge


Gillie and Marc are renowned contemporary artists known for their public sculptures that spark conversations and raise awareness about critical social issues. Their new public sculpture exhibition called ‘Wildlife on the Edge’ is an extraordinary collection of bronze sculptures that depict ten endangered species, each perched atop oversized everyday objects. This exhibition is not only an artistic masterpiece but also a powerful reminder of the growing threat to our planet’s endangered wildlife. Through these monuments, the artists aim to communicate the message that mankind is causing habitat loss and only we can save the planet and its wildlife.

‘Wildlife on the Edge’ is a breathtakingly beautiful and evocative collection of sculptures that showcases various endangered animals.  Among them are the African elephant, the orangutang, the gorilla, the lion, the polar bear, the giant panda, and the Masai giraffe. The sculptures are strategically placed in public spaces, parks, and streets where they can be easily accessed and admired by the public. This strategic placement is of great symbolic significance, as it indicates that wildlife is not confined to distant wildernesses but is, in fact, an integral part of our daily urban lives.The artists have carefully selected oversized objects where the animals are positioned precariously to showcase the shrinking habitats or habitat loss caused by human activities. The choices of oversized objects are relevant and eye-catching and add another dimension to the enduring message being portrayed.

These sculptures speak to the urgency of taking immediate action to counteract the growing threat to our planet’s endangered wildlife's declining populations. With the passage of time, habitat loss has become an increasingly looming threat to our planet’s endangered animals caused by urbanisation, deforestation, and climate change. Through these massive bronze sculptures, the public can see each species' plight and learn the importance of promoting conservation efforts and increasing awareness of the pressing issue. The situation is urgent, the artists believe, but in their view, it is not too late to make a difference.
What makes the ‘Wildlife on the Edge’ exhibition unique is its interactive and experiential aspect. Visitors are encouraged to touch, sit, and even climb on the sculptures, which breaks down the traditional barrier between art and audience. This approach not only enriches the visitor experience, but it also provides a forum for conversations about wildlife conservation and the importance of protecting endangered species. By stimulating engagement and interaction, the sculptures become a powerful vehicle for raising awareness about the plight of wildlife on the edge. The sculptures serve as a reflection of the vulnerability of the natural world while providing a powerful call to action to safeguard it.

Recently said by arts forum: "The combination of humour and directness, I think, is what makes Gillie and Marc's art supply such a strong connection to people from different walks of life." The exhibition’s placement, compositions, comedic elements, and urgency in its message have created an incredible impact on the public, inspiring them to support and contribute towards conservation.

In conclusion, ‘Wildlife on the Edge’ is a magnificent exhibition that leverages art's power to create awareness and inspire change. By placing endangered wildlife onto oversized everyday objects, the public is forced to contemplate the very real problem of habitat loss and the devastating effects on wildlife that human activities are causing and highlights the fragile state of the world's endangered species. Gillie and Marc’s art beckons us all to take action to preserve and restore our planet’s wildlife and serve as a striking reminder that mankind has the power to save our planet from its greatest threat. This project is a standout in both scale and message, and its unveiling serves as a landmark reminder of the essential role art can play in creating a more sustainable world.

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