Many of you may have been strolling around Exeter these past couple of weeks, wondering why on earth there were giant rhino sculptures dotted about all over the place!
These great pieces of art are all in aid of Paignton Zoo’s Great Big Rhino Project 2016. Raising funds for Javan and Sumatran rhinos, 42 life size sculptures have been placed around Exeter and the English Riviera.
Each sculpture has been painted by a different artist, creating a spectacular trail for people to follow. These are some of the rhinos I have come across so far:
My favourite has to be ‘Cath’ created by Steve Dooley. With elements of Exeter Cathedral painted on the sculpture, Steve chose this historic building as a theme to remind people that the Cathedral is an iconic building that needs to be preserved. This echoes the importance of also preserving the rhino and the correlation is reflected with the stone of the building making up the skin of the rhino.
You can join in on the fun too by following the trail. They will be around until 9th October 2016 when they will then be auctioned off with funds going towards rhino conservation projects. Both types of rhino are extremely endangered. Javan rhinos are now only found on the island of Java where there are only 50 to 60 of them left, so the money raised will be going to a very worthwhile cause.
To find out more and to make a donation, visit www.greatbigrhinos.org.uk