Have you heard? The Rhinos are Coming… But, they won’t be running rampant across our magnificent peninsula. Instead, they’ll be making a very strong visual appearance across the city, surrounding towns and wine farms very soon.
The Rhinos are Coming is a wonderful initiative that raises funds and awareness for these endangered creatures by auctioning life-sized rhino sculptures that have been specially designed for the cause.
Blank (rhino) canvasses
Over the next few months – leading up to the start of the exhibition in December – 100 or more life-size, vividly decorated rhinos will be carefully designed and embellished by local and international artists and businesses, who have thrown their talents and money behind this moving initiative. Further sponsors are being sought to pay for the making and painting these artworks.
Some of the participating artists include Lionel Smit, Beezy Bailey, New York-born Andrew Hart Adler, award-winning Zimbabwean wildlife artist, Peter Gray, among many others.
As each life-size creation has been completed, it will be placed in a prominent location around the peninsula.
First thing’s first
The official launch of The Grand Rhino Roadshow takes place on Thursday, 6 April in an exciting First Thursday event that will see eight rhinos doing a float tour of greater Cape Town, over a two-month period.
Then, in mid-December, once all the rhinos have been painted, the start of the Outdoor Art Exhibition will begin, just in time for the busy summer season, ending in mid-March 2018.
At the beginning of the exhibition, an online auction will be launched. When the exhibition is over, in April 2018, there will be a gala auction of 20 or so rhino sculptures – all the proceeds of which will go to StopRhinoPoaching.com.
If you want to really get behind this wonderful initiative, you can sponsor a rhino, and show your support and admiration for the exhibition (and later, gala auction).
The wide list of sponsors and notable partners includes One&Only Cape Town, City of Cape Town, Alphen Boutique Hotel, Radisson Hotels & Resorts, Cape Town Tourism, and Stop Rhino Poaching and Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, among others.
And don’t miss the Rhino Disharmony Concert, taking place at St Cyprian’s School in Gardens on 20 April. Internationally renowned Chinese pianist, Tian Jiang, will be accompanied by other musicians, including Zolani Mahola of Freshlyground and Cape Town-based cellist/guitarist Robert Jeffery. SA cartoonist and Rhino Disharmony Artist Ambassador Zapiro will do some live drawing, with other mixed-medium art on display – including eight elaborately painted rhinos from Rhinos are Coming.