In a 15 year project of love, Gillie and Marc are bringing the faces of the wild to the people of New York City in an intimate public art exhibition designed specifically to create experiences that will make people care. The larger than life animals are being brought to the streets of NYC in a once in a lifetime chance for the public. They will get to look into the faces of the most endangered animals in the world and have an experience they will never forget. This experience could mean a world of difference for so many.
Standing at 1.8m tall are the faces of 12 of the most endangered animals in the world. Created by Gillie and Marc and based on the many photographs and sketches they have taken of wildlife over the past 15 years, this monumental exhibition is giving the public a unique experience to look deep into the eyes of these threatened animals in an intimate exchange, coming face to face with extinction.
In a fusion of conservation and contemporary art, the public is given an urgent message. This public sculpture experience is letting the public see these animals up close and personal, becoming aware of how endangered they really are. Because the public doesn’t see these animals in their day to day life, they may not realise how much they are at risk. This exhibition is changing this. The animals have been brought to the urban jungle, into the lives of the public in a brand new way. They will be able to touch the heads of the animals with their own in a moment of deep reverence and love that will stay with them forever. Once they have made this connection they will never be able to look away again. They will become the new saviours of animals.
To make this sculpture have even more of a lasting impact it is also educational and interactive. Along with each individual animal comes a QR code. The QR codes will enable the public to learn all about the animals. They will also discover important information about conservation, sparking enthusiasm and generating awareness about the important work needed. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the public to get up close and personal with the faces of these animals and fall in love.
Faces of the Wild will be exhibited as a public exhibition in 2022 in New York City.