ABOUT THE EXHIBITION - A WILD LIFE FOR WILDLIFE
One of the greatest joys and sources of wonder comes from the most natural place, the wild. Animals, forests, lakes, and all the beautiful treats of planet earth are more exciting and healing than anything we have created. Yet the world is currently experiencing the 6th mass extinction. More and more beautiful creatures are in trouble. The reasons can be linked back to us, humans. Thousands of the most important animals are facing imminent extinction unless we act now. But with the same joy and love that we get from being in these magical places, we can also heal them.
Taking a seat on a tandem bike, joining a game of chess, or throwing a ball in a pool, encourages the public to become a part of the journey with endangered animals. It allows them to learn and understand why each of these species is in trouble. With QR codes connected with the sculpture, the public will be transported to important information about the different animals' lives, needs, and threats. This creates an experience accessible to all, putting wildlife conservation at the centre of people's cities and lives. Wildlife conservation is no longer hidden in the outskirts of human society, it is right here in the urban jungle.
In partnership with WWF, this public sculpture experience allows the public to become active contributors to the extinction crisis. With links to make a donation, the public will be able to share their support with one of the most effective wildlife organisations on the planet, helping them to continue their important work protecting animals.
A Wild Life For Wildlife is part of the broader ‘Love The Last’ project, a social movement driven by public art to raise awareness, funds and support for endangered animals across the world, encouraging people to take action before we lose these animals forever. A Wild Life For Wildlife serves as a beacon for a brighter future. Help share their story through the hashtag #LoveTheLast and find out more at www.lovethelast.com.
ABOUT GILLIE AND MARC
Gillie and Marc are public artists who have worked side-by-side for over 27 years to create art as one. The husband-and-wife duo are passionate eco-warriors, with a deep respect for the close spiritual bond between humans and animals. They are best known for their beloved characters - Rabbitwoman and Dogman.
Before Gillie and Marc met, Africa was their first love. Gillie grew up in Zambia. When she was nine, an elephant was tragically shot before her eyes. From then on, she knew she would dedicate her life to protecting the world’s creatures. Meanwhile, in his twenties, Marc spent time in Tanzania with Jane Goodall learning about chimpanzees. Protecting wildlife became a cause extremely close to his heart.
In 2017, Gillie and Marc travelled to Kenya to study the planet's most endangered animal, the Northern White Rhino. They spent their time at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy where the remaining three rhinos lived. They spent a week studying and falling in love with the magnificent animals. Entranced by the gentle giants, Gillie and Marc knew they had to do everything they could to help them. But they also knew that many other animals were in trouble. They, therefore, dedicated their lives to saving all wildlife. Since then, they have made thousands of wildlife sculptures, including the tallest rhino sculpture in the world, The Last Three exhibited in NYC, to spread awareness and save all animals from extinction.
Gillie and Marc’s public artworks can be found spreading the messages of love and conservation around the world. Gillie and Marc have dedicated their lives to art and animal conservation and ask you to join them on their journey to MAKING ART FOR A BETTER TOMORROW.
19 September 2023 - 18 September 2024
London Bridge, LONDON
WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. Our mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together.
To achieve our mission, we're finding ways to help transform the future for the world’s wildlife, rivers, forests and seas; pushing for a reduction in carbon emissions that will avoid catastrophic climate change; and pressing for measures to help people live sustainably, within the means of our one planet.
We’re acting now to make this happen.
For more information, visit https://www.wwf.org.uk/