Shandu the Buried Rhino


Monarto Zoo, 63 Monarto Rd, Monarto SA 5254
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After one year of preparation, hundreds of sponsors, and two huge days of installation, the world’s largest rhino sculpture, Shandu, the Buried Rhino was placed on Sydney’s famous Tamarama Beach as part of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in 2016. 

“Shandu means change in South Africa and this was one rhino who lived up to his name,” Marc says. Not only did millions of visitors come to see Shandu but thousands of photos were uploaded to social media. Shandu won both the Allen’s People’s Choice Award and Kids’ Choice Award. This is only the third time in the 20-year history of Sculpture by the Sea Bondi that an artwork has been awarded both, as voted by the public.

Gillie and Marc donated all their prize money to The Australian Rhino Project (ARP). The ARP aims to relocate 80 endangered Southern White Rhinoceros to Australia in an effort to safeguard the species. Besides nationwide media coverage, Shandu received worldwide media exposure from publications including the UK’s Telegraph and BBC UK. Every single TV channel in Australia featured Shandu too. All this press meant the ARP were flooded with calls with offers to volunteer.  The artists managed to raise a massive $17,000 altogether to go towards the ARP.

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