CURRENT LOCATION - May 2022 - Now
Yarra's Edge, Docklands VIC 3008
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One nearly universal trait that all humans possess is the inability to not melt a little bit when they see a baby animal. Baby animals are adorable. Full of life with big personalities, it’s impossible to not feel uplifted, or even an instinctual pull to protect, whenever you have the privilege of watching one. This is the power behind the world’s most important public sculpture of 2022, ‘Wild about Babies’ and the way wildlife conservation will become an issue that everybody will want to fight for.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The sixth mass extinction has been coming to our headlines with increasing frequency, and as more and more research comes out, we are starting to see the stark reality of what this means. In January 2020, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed 203 critically endangered mammalian species, including 31 which were tagged as possibly extinct. Wildlife is being faced with enormous challenges such as climate change and poaching, making their fight for survival harder every day.
We are the reason for this. We have lived as though we were separated from the earth, as though it was a resource to be exploited. But it doesn’t have to be like that. We can also be the saviour. It is now our responsibility to transform this age into one of regeneration, an age where the entire planet can work together with love to live in harmony.
In 2022, the public will have the opportunity to lead the movement to save baby animals all over the world. They will be first in line to get up close and personal with some of the most adorable yet endangered animals of our time and fall in love. With this love will spark a flame in the hearts of the people to give this new generation of wildlife and the generations that follow, a better start than their parents had, changing the course of mass extinction into one of life.
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
This sculpture will bring an adorable array of baby animals to the streets in partnership with the world’s most renowned wildlife charity, WWF. 20 cute yet magnificent newborns of all different species will be expertly crafted in bronze, each representing real baby animals from around the world.
A celebration of the incredible diversity of the animal kingdom, the babies will be made up of many different animals, from polar bears to koalas. Each will be approximately 1 meter tall, all interacting and playing with each other. They will each be at home in their natural environments with native rocks and plants included in the exhibition, showing the public each animal’s natural playgrounds and inviting them to play along too.
But every baby needs a mother to love and protect no matter what. These babies are all connected to their universal mother, a giant gorilla. Great and beautiful at 3 meters in height, s he sits with her arms spread wide, welcoming all the animals into the safety of her embrace. But this protection is not only for the 20 bronze babies, it is extended to all the humans who come her way, inviting them to join her in saving the baby animals of the world. This sculpture project is created to be interactive, giving the public a unique experience to touch, cuddle, and get up close and personal with some of the worlds most endangered species. Each individual sculpture will have a QR code attached where the public will be sent to information and pictures about the real-life animal in its natural habitat, giving a deeper understanding of wildlife in all its diversity.
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisations, with over five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. Our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Australia has launched a bold program of action to Regenerate Australia.
Regenerate Australia aims to rehabilitate and restore wildlife and habitats and future-proof Australia against climate disasters. We’re proud to be leading the way in creating and delivering innovative, high-impact sustainable solutions.