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Unveiling of 'The Wonderful Two' - The largest rhino sculpture in Australia

Gillie and Marc

Saturday, 2 February 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (AEDT)

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Gillie and Marc would like to invite you to the grand unveiling of their latest monumental sculpture, The Wonderful Two.

Where: Republica St. Kilda Sea Baths (Foreshore) 

Date: Saturday 2nd February, 2019

Time: 11am 

Event:  Unveiling of The Wonderful Two and speeches by Gillie and Marc and partners plus photo opportunities

Free Gift: The first 250 guests will receive a free photographic print titled The Wonderful Last Two valued at $400

ABOUT THE SCULPTURE AND PROJECT

For a brief moment in history, on 19 March 2018 the world stopped as news spread about the tragic loss of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino. However, in light of this news, there was a glimmer of hope among shattered hearts in the form of a bronze rhino sculpture, titled The Last Three.  

Installed in New York City by internationally renowned artists Gillie and Marc, the 5.2-metre tall artwork was launched mere 4 days before the death of Sudan. The sculpture became a powerful memorial, to which millions of residents and tourists flocked. 

Now, on 2nd February 2019, a highly anticipated sculpture, unlike anything seen before, will yet again inspire millions of people to never give up hope in the fight for rhinos.  

The mission? Create a legacy of Sudan and his species through art, spreading awareness and inspiring action to save all rhinos from extinction. Following the breathtaking success of The Last Three, Gillie and Marc have teamed up with Melbourne’s iconic Republica at St. Kilda Sea Baths and world-class sponsors to continue their endeavor with the launch of history’s most important rhino sculpture, featuring the only remaining northern white rhinos - Najin and Fatu. 

On 2nd February 2019, the sculpture will be proudly launched at Republica, St. Kilda Sea Baths, right on the St Kilda foreshore. This admirable destination attracts millions of tourist each year for its panoramic views of the city skyline and Port Phillip Bay, and soon it will offer yet another impressive reason to visit.  

"A year and a half ago, Gillie and I traveled to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya to visit Sudan, as well as his daughter Najin, and granddaughter Fatu,” says Marc, “The experience shook us to the core, and we returned home vowing to dedicate the rest of our lives to protecting rhinos from extinction in the best way we know how – through our art.”

Gillie and Marc are recognized throughout Australia and the globe for their groundbreaking contemporary art, which spreads the message of love and conservation in iconic destinations around the world, including New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney, and more. They’re best known for their beloved characters Rabbitwoman and Dogman, as well as their headline sweeping rhino art.  

The Wonderful Two will be a LARGER-than-life, 5-meter long representation of Najin and Fatu, and for many, the most surprising sculpture ever seen. 

“The sculpture will depict Najin and Fatu connected in the middle, with their heads facing opposite directions. Both rhinos are trying to pull each other the opposite way to safety.  It seems their fate is stuck in place and time with only two left on earth, and no simple direction to freedom,” explains Gillie.

“Through the sculpture, we want audiences to understand that, while Najin and Fatu have stuck together in their fight to survive, they are intertwined by the plight of all rhinos and unless humanity steps up to help, they will remain in this place forever,” adds Marc. 

Already, the project has been stirring a buzz of anticipation. Proceeds from its installation will go directly to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, home of Najin and Fatu. As the only two of their kind in existence, Najin and Fatu are the most precious animals on earth. 

“We want The Wonderful Two to celebrate all of the amazing people and organizations that drive positive change in wildlife conservation,” says Gillie, “However, our goal is also to continue the conversation that was started with The Last Three, and inspire generations to join the battle for rhino conservation.” 

The sculpture is set to be aligned with the hashtag #LoveTheLast. Visitors will be asked to take a photo with the artwork and share it with the hashtag, jump starting efforts to spread critical awareness. Signage will also educate, and direct the public to a donations page set-up for Najin and Fatu, so they can live out their much-deserved final days in peace at Ol Pejeta Conservancy. 

For more information, visit www.gillieandmarc.com or www.lovethelast.com

 

ABOUT GILLIE AND MARC 

Gillie and Marc, referred to by the media as “the world’s most loving artists,” are extraordinary public artists who have worked side-by-side for over 25-years to create art as one. Their monumental bronze sculptures spread the message of love and conservation in major galleries and cities around the world, including New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney and more!

In 2016, the eco-warriors created the largest rhino sculpture on earth for Sculptures by the Sea, winning Australia’s coveted Allen’s People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice Awards. This year, Gillie and Marc are setting out to beat their own record in the heart of New York City to continue spreading awareness about conservation through their art. 

The artists are best known for their beloved hybrid characters – Rabbitwoman and Dogman – who tell the autobiographical tale of two opposites coming together to become best friends and soulmates. Their art has raised hundreds of thousands in donations for the many wildlife charities and causes they support. For more information, visit www.gillieandmarc.com

ABOUT REPUBLICA - ST KILDA BATHS 

 Republica is an iconic Melbourne bar and restaurant that sits at the heart of St Kilda and is designed to service locals and visitors in an informal, relaxed setting befitting its St Kilda Beach location.  

Republica, is owned by a local family who wants to make a positive difference to the local and global environment. They believe that we can live in harmony with our natural world and their support of the ‘The Wonderful Two’ is an important showcase of the fragility of nature. www.republica.net.au 

St Kilda Sea Baths houses an indoor saltwater pool, Health Club, Kite Boarding, Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) and an array of bars, cafes and restaurants. Located on Melbourne’s most high profile beach, it is central to Melbourne’s bayside lifestyle. It is well-known as a supporter and educator of the marine environment and the impact of litter on the world’s oceans. It is their view that ‘The Wonderful Two’ is a topical example of the massive impacts humankind is having on our flora and fauna. It shines a bright light on how we must all work together to minimise our impact on the planet.   www.seabaths.com.au

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St Kilda Sea Baths Promenade
10/18 Jacka Blvd
St Kilda, VIC 3182
Australia

Saturday, 2 February 2019 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (AEDT)


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Gillie and Marc

Gillie and Marc, referred to by the media as “the world’s most loving artists,” are extraordinary public artists who have worked side-by-side for over 25-years to create art as one. Their monumental bronze sculptures spread the message of love and conservation in major galleries and cities around the world, including New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Sydney and more!

In 2016, the eco-warriors created the largest rhino sculpture on earth for Sculptures by the Sea, winning Australia’s coveted Allen’s People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice Awards. This year, Gillie and Marc are setting out to beat their own record in the heart of New York City to continue spreading awareness about conservation through their art.

The artists are best known for their beloved hybrid characters – Rabbitgirl and Dogman – who tell the autobiographical tale of two opposites coming together to become best friends and soulmates. Their art has raised hundreds of thousands in donations for the many wildlife charities and causes they support. For more information, visit www.gillieandmarc.com

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