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We’re about to witness the imminent extinction of the northern white rhinos. From a population of 40,000 there are only 2 northern white rhinos left, making them the rarest animals on earth. Their names are Najin. and Fatu. 

Rhino horns are worth more than their weight in gold, so the last 2 are under constant threat from armies of poachers. Monumental sculpture artists - Gillie and Marc - are making the world's tallest rhino sculpture to inspire, educate, and mobilise a global community to raise their voices, and affect real change against rhino horn sales.

The Last Three, which was installed in the heart of New York City in March 2018, depicting Najin, Fatu and Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino has since passed away. The sculpture continues to raise critical awareness and funds needed to protect the last northern white rhinos, and to encourage participation in a petition for approaching Chinese and Vietnamese governments about eliminating the demand for rhino horns. 

 

Gillie and Marc are gathering 1-million goodbye messages from around the world to create the petition! Leave your goodbye message to help us SAVE RHINOS. Let's refuse to see these magnificent lives go in vain, and prevent history from repeating itself.

 

A rhino horn is made of the same material as a human fingernail, yet is worth more than its weight in gold. Unfortunately, to some people money is worth more than a life.

Because of this, northern white rhinos have been poached to imminent extinction, and within a few years this beautiful species will be lost forever!

 

THE PROBLEM

THE FACTS

  • There are five different species of rhinos: the white rhinoceros, the black rhinoceros, indian rhinoceros, javan rhinoceros and sumatran rhinoceros

  • Trade in rhino horn is completely illegal, but demand from Vietnam and China fuels rhino poaching and smuggling

  • Even though they’re made of keratin - just like human fingernails - an urban myth has led to the belief that rhino horns cure cancer, fevers, hangovers, and can be used as an aphrodisiac

  • Rhinos pregnancies last for 15-16 months, and rhino mothers are incredibly nurturing

  • Rhinos have an extended "vocabulary" of growls, grunts, squeaks, snorts and bellows

GILLIE AND MARC

Gillie and Marc are international contemporary artists who have collaborated to create art as one for over 25-years.

Before becoming parents Gillie and Marc were intrepid travelers who decided to settle down in New York to raise their family. Their first New York art exhibition was in 1996 and since then they have had both sculptures and paintings displayed in various New York galleries and public spaces including DUMBO, Rockefeller Centre, Avenue of the Americas and Greenwich Village.

 

Gillie and Marc are also eco-warriors who have raised thousands of dollars for rhino conservation. They have a shared connection with wild animals through their individual experiences in Africa. The staggering number of animals on the brink of extinction is a constant driver for the artists to create art that saves them.

'We need to do

something

to stop history

repeating itself '

TRIP TO AFRICA
Gillie and Marc travelled to Kenya in March 2017 to the Ol Pejeta Conservancy  (the second largest conservancy in Kenya with around 90,000 acres) to share time with the last three surviving northern white rhinos in the world.  The 3 northern white rhinoceroses were guarded 24-hours a day to protect them from poaching, which is a major problem for rhinoceroses. The protection includes horn-imbedded transmitters, watchtowers, fences, drones, guard dogs, and trained armed guards around the clock.
Gillie and Marc spent each day driving back and forth to be with them, to study them and work closely with Jacob, their primary carer. He allowed them to get up close and touch Sudan who is completely tame - he loved being tickled under the belly and in his very thick skin folds. They photographed him, sketched him and filmed him for five days.  He was a very gentle soul and they could feel his melancholy. Gillie and Marc felt he knew he was the last one of his kind on earth. His daughter and granddaughter were also tame and they could touch them and get close to them too. They are both infertile so cannot mate, so the inevitable is near for these magnificent creatures. Gillie and Marc were overwhelmed with love and grief, and felt so honoured to be in their presence for so many hours.

© 2017 Gillie and Marc

QUESTIONS?

Please call Gillie and Marc if you have any questions or would like to get involved in any way

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Unit 16, 77 Bourke Road, Alexandria,
NSW, 2015, Sydney, Australia

02 9700 7103

studio@gillieandmarc.com

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