Greenmarket rhinos to roam

2017-04-11 06:00
From left are Xavier Lablaude, general manager of sponsor Belmond Mount Nelson, Lionel Smit, an artist and sculptor, Janice Ashby, founder and project manager of The rhinos are coming outdoor exhibition, and Christoff Geldenhuys of Stuttaford Van Lines. PHOTO: Grant Smithers

From left are Xavier Lablaude, general manager of sponsor Belmond Mount Nelson, Lionel Smit, an artist and sculptor, Janice Ashby, founder and project manager of The rhinos are coming outdoor exhibition, and Christoff Geldenhuys of Stuttaford Van Lines. PHOTO: Grant Smithers

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Visitors to Greenmarket Square experienced an unusual showing on Thursday – eight life-size painted rhino sculptures.

The rhinos are coming – Grand rhino roadshow was launched on Thursday with the eight artworks unveiled for the first time. The sculptures will be taking a road trip on a carnival float through Cape Town and the winelands.

The Rhinos Are Coming is a non-profit organisation raising funds to secure a safer future for rhinos in the wild.

The tour will lead up to a three-month exhibition of 100 or more life-size rhino sculptures. The sculptures transformed by local artists into unique works of art and will be exhibited at spots with lots of foot traffic around Cape Town. The rhinos will be auctioned and the proceeds donated to StopRhinoPoaching.com.

The eight art pieces to date have been created by both emerging and world-renowned artists Andrew Hart Adler, Beezy Bailey, Children of the Lalela Project, Jade Doreen Waller, Lionel Smit, Nardstar, Nasser Zadeh and Peter Gray.

The concept of the outdoor art exhibition was inspired by Cape Town designer Janice Ashby’s many years of living and working in New York.

One of the memories she brought back with her was of an outdoor art exhibition called Cow Paradeusing life-size cow sculptures painted and decorated by local artists (“Sculptures charging”, People’s Post, 11 October 2016).

Over the years she saw exhibitions using various uniquely designed animals and realised they were a successful way to raise funds for worthy causes.

Ashby realised this was the perfect concept to raise funds for rhino protection and also to bring to the streets of Cape Town an outdoor art exhibition for three months.

V For more information visit www.ther­hinos­are­coming.­org.

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