Sculptures charging

2016-10-11 15:27
Watch out for the rhinos coming to Cape Town.

Watch out for the rhinos coming to Cape Town.

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A new campaign to save rhinos is set to stampede through the Mother City’s streets.

The Grand Rhino Launch Tour will see hundreds of decorative, life-size sculptures placed around Cape Town to raise awareness against rhino poaching.

The outdoor art exhibition was announced last week with a crowdfunding campaign launch. The campaign looks to raise funds to sponsor the first 10 life-size rhinos and have them painted by local artists.

The rhinos will tour Cape Town and surrounds on a festival float.

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 Parade animating the streets of Chicago, using life-sized cow sculptures painted and decorated by local artists.

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

Confronted with the effects of rhino poaching in her home country, 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.

In the first four months of this year, 363 rhino were poached countrywide. During the same period last year, that national figure was 404.

For more information visit www.therhinosare­

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