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 or Bronze resin as a limited edition of 25
Measurements: H15cm L30cm D17cm
Price: Bronze : £ 2,500 | Bronze resin : £995Buy now