About this work of Art
We all know how popular the white rhino has been in art over the years, symbolising the exotic world of Africa and beyond but in this sculpture I wanted to show the grace and flow of movement of this wild animal, something which I felt was often missed in rhino sculptures.
Now that ‘Sudan’, the world’s last male northern white rhino has died leaving only two females left to save the subspecies from extinction, I am only too acutely aware of the threats they face in the modern world, from habitat loss, from hunting and from climate change. So I set off, to Marwell Zoo in Wiltshire to try and learn a little more about these animals, spending hours drawing them, and taking many photos. I was amazed about how softly they seemed to walk….in such a gentle way, totally unaware of their vastness in humanity being the second largest mammal in the world.
In this bronze wild life sculpture, I have used very distinctive tool marks, to create a rawness about the piece, a technique I have used in some other works recently. I obviously could not see the white rhino running at the Zoo, but this was key for me, as it symbolised their need for freedom – and during the process, I studied many videos of the way they moved – with so much grace and power. This white rhino is turning the corner, with agility and speed.
Whilst this bronze sculpture looks very elegant on a piece of dark of furniture, creating dynamic movement in your quiet sitting room, it could be sculpted on a larger scale for the outdoors.
Materials: Bronze as a limited edition of 9
Measurements: H15cm L30cm D17cm
- Size : H 15 cm x W 17 cm