David Yarrow is no stranger to conservation and philanthropy – after all, he is Tusk’s long-term affiliated photographer, and donates 10% of all his proceeds to the charity. When it comes to inspiring individuals to protect the treasures of the natural world, David is keenly aware of the effect that impactful images can have, and it is because of this that he chose to cover his sculpture not only in images of rhinos, but of other animals as well.
It’s seemed to me from the outset that this rhino’s body should be a stage for all endangered species. That’s what the rhino would want. Rhinos have no issues with any mammal other than humans! How shameful is that!
Joining the black rhino featured in David’s image ‘The Departed’ (see above) are a number of other animals that have also served as subjects for the photographer’s work, including lions, leopards, giraffes, gorillas, hippos and zebra. Below are two examples; while photographing the polar bears of “Hello” on Alaska’s Barter Island, David tells us that he “must have been closer than just about anyone has ever been to a polar bear in the wild and lived to tell the tale”; while ‘The Circle of Life’ – which was shot on a dry lake in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park – is, by David's own reckoning, his strongest ever elephant image.
David's rhino has been put together with the help of Alex Ames, the artist Venetia Berry, and Ken Sethi of Genesis Imaging, the company which has sponsored the sculpture. After the Trail has ended, each of the 21 sculptures will be auctioned off at the famous Christie’s auction house in October, with all proceeds going towards Tusk’s work in Africa. David's rhino stands proudly on its plinth in Duke of York Square, just 400 yards from his Sloane Street studio in Chelsea; make sure to pay it and its fellow rhinos a visit before their time in the limelight comes to an end, and don’t forget to visit Tusk’s website to find out how you can contribute to their vital work in Africa.
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