In the smallest of actions, there is hope. Hope that we can create change in this world.
Hope the rhino was my first political piece.
Installed in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, Hope is a sculpture I created as part of the country’s Metalove Sympozium, an annual event that showcases the work of blacksmiths and metal artists from around the world.
Hope is a statement piece, about the dire situation facing the world’s rhinoceros population.
This sculpture is dedicated to Vince, the white rhino brutally killed for his horn when poachers broke into a Paris zoo in March 2017.
Following Vince’s death, one zoo in the Czech Republic went to extraordinary measures to protect against poaching by dehorning its entire herd of rhinos.
I find it sad to think that Hope is now one of the only rhinos in the country that still has its horn.
At the current rate of poaching, rhinos are set to become extinct in the next 10 years.
But there is hope.
The Australian Rhino Project has been created to ensure a safe future for rhinos by establishing a breeding population of the species in Australia, far from the clutches of poachers.
Through my passion for this issue, I went on to build Hope 2, a second life-size rhino sculpture that I donated to the Australian Rhino Project.
The funds generated by the sale of Hope 2 are my small contribution to help ensure the survival of the black and white rhinoceros of Africa.