Hope the Rhino
In the smallest of actions, there is hope. Hope that we can create change in this world.
When it comes to unique garden art and animal sculptures in Melbourne, my corten steel pieces are sure to get people’s attention.
Hope the Rhino is one such piece.
In fact, this sculpture was my first political piece.
I created and installed Hope in the Czech Republic as part of the country’s Metalove Sympozium.
This annual event showcases the work of blacksmiths and metal artists from around the world.
Participating in this event was a huge honour, especially for an emerging metal artist.
Hope is a statement piece, about the dire situation facing the world’s rhinoceros population.
This sculpture is dedicated to Vince, the rhino brutally killed by poachers at a Paris zoo in 2017.
Following Vince’s death, one Czech Republic zoo actually dehorned its entire herd of rhinos to prevent poaching.
I find it sad to think that Hope is now one of the only rhinos in the country that still has a horn.
The situation is so catastrophic that rhinos will become extinct within the next 10 years if poaching doesn’t cease.
But there is hope.
The Australian Rhino Project has been created to ensure a safe future for rhinos.
Their ambitious goal is to establish a breeding population of the species in Australia, far from the clutches of poachers.
As a result of my passion for rhino conservation, I went on to build a second Hope sculpture, which I donated to the Australian Rhino Project.
The funds generated by this piece at auction are my small contribution to the cause.
This is my way of helping ensure the survival of the black and white rhinoceros of Africa.
Matt Hill is an award-winning metal artist from the Mornington Peninsula who creates unique garden art and outdoor sculptures. His work is available for Melbourne and surrounds, throughout Victoria or interstate.