We're honored to announce that in early 2018 Astor Place will become home to the world’s largest interactive rhino sculpture that you can photograph, touch and hug. Created by internationally acclaimed monumental sculptural artists, Gillie and Marc Art, the incredible 16-foot sculpture will depict the world’s last three Northern White Rhinos, Sudan, Najin and Fatu.
The sculptures unveiling at Astor Place will officially launch the “Goodbye Rhinos” project, which aims to collect one million goodbye messages from across the globe, forming a petition to stop the poaching trade and illegal sale of rhino horn, the cause of the Northern White Rhinos imminent extinction. After the New York City unveiling the sculpture will then visit major cities across the world to raise awareness of the rhinos plight and conservation.
Artists Gillie & Marc, passionate conservationists, are personally investing $150,000 to create and bring the rhino sculpture to Astor Place; however, a further $50,000 is needed to make the project a reality. Help support the Kickstarter campaign today with donations from as little as $1. Every single dollar counts and each donation will be exclusively rewarded by Gillie & Marc. We’re proud to support the global launch of this incredible project at Astor Place, to learn more and support the Kickstarter campaign click here.
Partnering with the "Goodbye Rhinos" project is Nat Geo WILD, the only television network 100% dedicated to animals and the people who love them. As a part of National Geographic, the world’s premium destination for science, adventure and exploration, the network is thrilled to be the main sponsor. For over 129 years, Nat Geo has used the power of storytelling to change the world, and Nat Geo WILD is excited to join forces to raise awareness for this important cause.