International conservation charity Tusk launched a spectacular art trail in central London last week to celebrate the magnificent rhino and to raise vital funds for the endangered African species.
A selection of 21 specially painted and embellished rhino sculptures feature work from some of the world’s leading contemporary artists and designers including Marc Quinn, Harland Miller, Gavin Turk, The Chapman Brothers, Zhang Huan and Eileen Cooper. The sculptures can be spotted at iconic London sites including Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Kensington Palace Gardens, with each rhino being generously sponsored by a Tusk supporter or partner.
Tusk’s CEO, Charlie Mayhew said; “We’re at a crisis point where the threat to rhino from poaching means a very real risk of losing this near prehistoric species forever to extinction. Tusk is incredibly grateful to all the amazing artists, generous sponsors and partners involved in the Tusk Rhino Trail for joining forces with us to work toward a future for rhino and other threatened species across Africa. Through the Trail we hope to inspire as many people as possible to join us in the fight.
The Tusk Rhino Trail runs until Saturday September 22, with a celebration to mark World Rhino Day. The unique artworks will then go to auction at Christie’s in aid of Tusk on 9 October, the same week world leaders attend the International Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade hosted by the UK government in London. The conference is an important opportunity for governments to make the commitments needed to end the illegal wildlife trade.