A striking orangutan sculpture made of scrap metal has been unveiled at the Eden Project in Cornwall.
The work has been created by local James Wild to raise awareness of the threat orangutans face from habitat loss and can be found in the Project’s Rainforest Biome.
Orangutans are critically endangered as their habitat is converted to grow oil palms for use in many food and beauty products.
James said: “We are at pivotal moment in time where the future of these extraordinary creatures hangs in the balance and it was this heart-breaking fact that drove and inspired this sculpture.
“I am proud to be supporting Eden on landing this critical message about the consequences unsustainable palm oil and the dangers of human consumption.”
Dr Jo Elworthy, Eden’s director of interpretation, said: “This is a thought-provoking and striking addition to our Rainforest Biome. At Eden, we tell stories about how people rely on the natural world. This orangutan and the challenges it faces is a powerful symbol of the consequences of the destruction of habitats.”
The Rainforest Biome is a research facility as well as a public garden. One of Eden’s rainforest research themes is looking at the impacts of palm oil. See https://www.edenproject.com/eden-story/behind-the-scenes/rainforest-research-group for more information.