Animal Group - The Wild Friends

If you saw an elephant on a bike, a tiger sipping a cup of tea, or a group of animals dancing merrily in a circle, would you stop? Who wouldn’t? Dotted around the globe you can now spot these unexpected sights in the most joyous public sculpture series in the world. Wild Friends is on a mission to inspire wildlife conservation by helping the public become the best of friends with endangered animals. Get ready for the most exciting animal encounters of your life. 

The sculpture series began in London’s Paternoster Square in St Pauls with The Wild Table of Love. The response was incredible. The Wild Table of Love was hugely popular with thousands of people flocking to take their seats at the table and have their pictures taken at this wild banquet. It quickly became one of the most loved sculptures in all of London. This was the sign Gillie and Marc needed to expand the project, inspiring a love for wildlife in new and joyous scenes. 

The project now includes The Wild Table of Love, The Class Photo of Survival, The Wild Couch of Love, The Wild Garden Party, The Wild Circle of Love, and The Wild Ride. Each of these unexpected scenes can be found in major cities around the globe, spreading the ideas of friendship and love for all wildlife. 

The Wild Friends series is a unique blend of contemporary art and wildlife activism. They are all interactive, encouraging the public to become a part of the journey with endangered animals, allowing them to learn and understand why each of these species is in trouble. With QR codes connected with the sculpture, the public will be transported to important information about the different animals' lives, needs, and threats. This creates an experience that is accessible to all, putting wildlife conservation at the centre of people's cities and lives. Wildlife conservation is no longer hidden in the outskirts of human society, it is right here in the urban jungle. 

In order for people to save wildlife, they must first build a friendship. This public sculpture series helps the public to bridge the gap between the wild world and our own, helping them to understand that friendship has no boundaries. Wild Friends is the key to the survival of all wildlife. 

 The Wild Circle of Love 

 Ring a ring a rosy! Around we all go. Dancing is one of the greatest joys of life. It can bring us all together in the most incredible way. Dance transcends borders, language, and even species. If we all join hands and dance with all our hearts imagine what we can achieve. 

The world is currently experiencing the 6th mass extinction. More and more beautiful creatures are being pushed towards the threat of extinction. The reasons can be linked back to us, humans. We have moulded the earth to suit our needs, indifferent to the effects on the other living creatures who share our planet. 

This must change. We need to stop seeing ourselves as separate but as a part of nature. We need to understand that we cannot thrive without the wild world. We need to change our ways and support and love all wildlife before it’s too late. We must hold hands with our furry brothers and sisters as equals and friends, helping them to escape the threats of extinction. 

This shift of mindset is one of the most important steps we can take to save animals, their habitats, and ourselves. We have lived apart from nature for a very long time, but we can find our way back, and we must. It is time to extend our hands to those we have forgotten, to take hold of the paws, claws, wings, and fins and pull them up beside us as equals and friends. We must invite them all to join the wild circle of love in the most incredible dance of togetherness the world has ever seen. 

 In a unique and incredibly quirky public sculpture project, internationally beloved hybrid characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, dance merrily alongside some of the most endangered species in the world. They are a part of the most joyous dance in the world. And it’s the most important dance of their life. 

The nine endangered animals include; a hippo, Masai giraffe, African elephant, chimpanzee, Grevy’s zebra, Northern white rhino, lion, Bengal tiger, and mountain gorilla. Each rider acts as a representative for some of the best-known species in the world. And yet they all are dangerously close to the same threat, extinction. 

But the circle is not complete! This sculpture is interactive. With space between the Grevy’s zebra and mountain gorilla, the public are invited to join in, completing the circle. Yet taking part means so much more than just a fun photo opportunity. It is a symbol of their dedication to wildlife conservation and joining the journey to fight for the survival of these animals. 

The circle represents all of nature and the circle of life. Every living creature is a part of this circle. Whenever one creature is in trouble, every other creature, including humans, feels the negative effects. This is such an important concept for the public to understand and embrace. Once they do and become a conscious part of the circle, the negatives can become smaller with positivity for all the new norms. 

The Wild Garden Tea Party

 There’s nothing quite like a picnic on a beautiful day. With yummy food, good friends, and natural surroundings, it can fill every soul with all the nourishment they need. Now London can enjoy a garden party that does more than lift the soul. It saves lives. 

The world is currently experiencing the 6th mass extinction. More and more beautiful creatures are being pushed towards the threat of extinction. The reasons can be linked back to us, humans. We have moulded the earth to suit our needs, indifferent to the effects on the other living creatures who share our planet. 

This must change. We must stop seeing ourselves as separate but as a part of nature. We need to understand that we cannot thrive without the wild world. We must change our ways and support and love all wildlife before it’s too late. We must take a moment to sit with our furry brothers and sisters as equals and friends, learning and opening our hearts, and ultimately helping them to escape the threats of extinction. 

This shift of mindset is one of the most important steps we can take to save animals, their habitats, and ourselves. We have lived apart from nature for a very long time, but we can find our way back, and we must. It is time to extend our hands to those we have forgotten, to take hold of the paws, claws, wings, and fins and pull them up beside us as equals and friends. We must invite them all to come and sit with us on the picnic blanket at the wild garden party. 

 In a unique and incredibly quirky public sculpture project, internationally beloved hybrid characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, have spread out the picnic rub and emptied their basket alongside some of the most endangered species in the world. With juicy watermelon and a refreshing pitcher of juice, this is the greatest garden party they have ever hosted. And it’s the most important one too. 

The ten endangered animals include; a Bengal tiger, hippo, Masai giraffe, African elephant, chimpanzee, Grevy’s zebra, Northern white rhino, lion, koala, and mountain gorilla. Each rider acts as a representative for some of the best-known species in the world. And yet they all are dangerously close to the same threat, extinction. 

But there is space on the picnic rug for more to join! This sculpture is interactive. With empty spots on the blanket, the public is invited to take a seat and join the party. Yet taking a seat means so much more than just a fun photo opportunity. It is a symbol of their dedication to wildlife conservation and joining the journey to fight for the survival of these animals. 

The Wild Garden Party is a unique blend of contemporary art and wildlife activism. Taking a seat encourages the public to become a part of the journey with endangered animals, allowing them to learn and understand why each of these species is in trouble. With QR codes connected with the sculpture, the public will be transported to important information about the different animals' lives, needs, and threats. This creates an experience that is 

accessible to all, putting wildlife conservation at the centre of people's cities and lives. Wildlife conservation is no longer hidden in the outskirts of human society, it is right here in the urban jungle. 

The Wild Garden Party is part of a series of public sculptures called The Wild Friends. This series also includes The Wild Table of Love, The Class Photo of Survival, The Wild Couch of Love, The Wild Ride, and The Wild Circle of Love. These sculptures combine playful and joyous scenes with the very serious message of wildlife extinction. Showing animals in unexpected scenarios, the public is drawn in, their curiosity piqued by the absurdity. And once they interact, they also begin to learn. This series of sculptures are here to transform the public into wildlife conservationists, one crazy work at a time. 

 The Wild Couch of Love

 There’s nothing better than catching up with good friends over coffee and cake. And it’s even more fun when you all get to sit on the longest couch in the world! But the oddity of this catchup doesn’t just end with the couch. This bunch of friends are truly wild. 

The world is currently experiencing the 6th mass extinction. More and more beautiful creatures are being pushed towards the threat of extinction and the reasons can always be linked back to us, humans. We have moulded the earth to suit our needs, indifferent to the effects on the other living creatures who share our planet. 

This must change. We need to stop seeing ourselves as separate but as a part of nature. We need to understand that we cannot thrive without the wild world. We need to change our ways and support and love all wildlife before it’s too late. We must welcome our furry brothers and sisters on the couch of love as equals and friends. 

This shift of mindset is one of the most important steps we can take to save animals, their habitats, and ourselves. We have lived apart from nature for a very long time, but we can find our way back, and we must. It is time to extend our hands to those we have forgotten, to take hold of the paws, claws, wings, and fins and pull them up beside us as equals and friends. We must invite them all to come and sit with us on the wild couch of love. 

 In a unique and incredibly quirky public sculpture project, internationally beloved hybrid characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, relax on the couch with tea and cake with their very best friends, some of the most endangered species in the world. It was always so much fun to spend time with the ones they loved, especially on the longest couch in the world. 

The seven endangered animals include; a hippo, Masai giraffe, African elephant, Grevy’s zebra, Northern white rhino, Tapanuli orangutan, and mountain gorilla. Each friend on the couch acts as a representative of some of the best-known species in the world. And yet they all are dangerously close to the same threat, extinction. 

But there’s always room on the couch for more! This sculpture is interactive. With spaces available to snuggle up with your own slice of cake, the public is invited to take a seat and get comfortable. Yet taking a seat means so much more than just a fun photo opportunity. It is a symbol of their dedication to becoming a true friend by learning about wildlife conservation. 

The Wild Couch of Love is a unique blend of contemporary art and wildlife activism. Taking a seat encourages the public to get to know these endangered animals on an intimate level, allowing them to learn and understand why each of these species is in trouble. With QR codes connected with the sculpture, the public will be transported to important information about the different animals' lives, needs, and threats. This creates an experience that is accessible to all, putting wildlife conservation at the center of people's cities and lives. Gillie and Marc want the public to be able to connect with all endangered species, welcoming 

them into their homes and hearts. Wildlife conservation is no longer hidden in the outskirts of human society, it is right here in the urban jungle. 

The Wild Couch of Love is part of a series of public sculptures called The Wild Friends. This series also includes The Wild Table of Love, The Class Photo of Survival, The Wild Ride, The Wild Garden Party, and The Wild Circle of Love. These sculptures combine playful and joyous scenes with the very serious message of wildlife extinction. Showing animals in unexpected scenarios, the public is drawn in, their curiosity piqued by the absurdity. And once they interact, they also begin to learn. This series of sculptures are here to spread the word about climate change and habitat loss, transforming the public into wildlife conservationists, one crazy work at a time. 

 The Wild Ride

 Have you ever seen an elephant ride a bike? What about a giraffe? Or even a lion! This may be the most bizarre menagerie you’ll ever see riding into the sunset. Would you like to join? 

The world is currently experiencing the 6th mass extinction. More and more beautiful creatures are being pushed towards the threat of extinction. The reasons can be linked back to us, humans. We have moulded the earth to suit our needs, indifferent to the effects on the other living creatures who share our planet. 

This must change. We need to stop seeing ourselves as separate but as a part of nature. We need to understand that we cannot thrive without the wild world. We need to change our ways and support and love all wildlife before it’s too late. We must ride with our furry brothers and sisters as equals and friends, helping them to escape the threats of extinction. 

This shift of mindset is one of the most important steps we can take to save animals, their habitats, and ourselves. We have lived apart from nature for a very long time, but we can find our way back, and we must. It is time to extend our hands to those we have forgotten, to take hold of the paws, claws, wings, and fins and pull them up beside us as equals and friends. We must invite them all to join the most important bike ride in history, the wild ride of love. 

 In a unique and incredibly quirky public sculpture project, internationally beloved hybrid characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, get ready to pedal alongside some of the most endangered species in the world. In the heart of London, they have joined the longest tandem bicycle in the world. And it’s the most important ride of their life. 

The eight endangered animals include; a hippo, Masai giraffe, African elephant, chimpanzee, Grevy’s zebra, Northern white rhino, lion, and mountain gorilla. Each rider acts as a representative for some of the best-known species in the world. And yet they all are dangerously close to the same threat, extinction. 

But there is still room on the bike! This sculpture is interactive. With empty seats on the bike, the public is invited to jump on board and join the ride. Yet taking a seat means so much more than just a fun photo opportunity. It is a symbol of their dedication to wildlife conservation and joining the journey to fight for the survival of these animals. 

The Wild Ride is a unique blend of contemporary art and wildlife activism. Taking a seat encourages the public to become a part of the journey with endangered animals, allowing them to learn and understand why each of these species is in trouble. With QR codes connected with the sculpture, the public will be transported to important information about the different animals' lives, needs, and threats. This creates an experience that is accessible to all, putting wildlife conservation at the center of people's cities and lives. Wildlife conservation is no longer hidden in the outskirts of human society, it is right here in the urban jungle. 

Riding through the center of London, one of the most important hubs in the world, The Wild RIde will inspire thousands of people to become more conscious about the natural world and their part to play. 

The Wild Ride is part of a series of public sculptures called The Wild Friends. This series also includes The Wild Table of Love, The Class Photo of Survival, The Wild Couch of Love, The Wild Garden Party, and The Wild Circle of Love. These sculptures combine playful and joyous scenes with the very serious message of wildlife extinction. Showing animals in unexpected scenarios, the public is drawn in, their curiosity piqued by the absurdity. And once they interact, they also begin to learn. This series of sculptures are here to transform the public into wildlife conservationists, one crazy work at a time. 

ABOUT GILLIE AND MARC
Gillie and Marc’s highly coveted public artworks can be found worldwide including in New York, London, Singapore, Shanghai, and Sydney. They are Archibald Prize finalists, won the Chianciano Biennale in Italy, took out the Allens People’s Choice Award in 2016 and 2018 and Kids’ Choice Award in the 2016 Sculpture by the Sea and received the Bayside Arts Festival People's Choice Award in 2019 in Sydney.

The husband-and-wife duo are on a mission to make art for a better tomorrow. They are best known for their beloved characters, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, who tell the autobiographical tale of two opposites coming together as best friends and soul mates.

Gillie and Marc are also passionate eco-warriors and have dedicated their lives to protecting nature.

Gillie grew up with the wildlife in Zambia and Marc studied chimpanzees in Tanzania as a young man. Over time, the artists developed a deep appreciation for all living things and a desire to preserve the magnificence of the natural world. 

The Wild Circle of Love is a unique blend of contemporary art and wildlife activism. Joining the circle encourages the public to become a part of the journey with endangered animals, allowing them to learn and understand why each of these species is in trouble. With QR codes connected with the sculpture, the public will be transported to important information about the different animals' lives, needs, and threats. This creates an experience that is accessible to all, putting wildlife conservation at the centre of people's cities and lives. Wildlife conservation is no longer hidden in the outskirts of human society, it is right here in the urban jungle. 

The Wild Circle of Love is part of a series of public sculptures called The Wild Friends. This series also includes The Wild Table of Love, The Class Photo of Survival, The Wild Couch of Love, The Wild Garden Party, and The Wild Ride. These sculptures combine playful and joyous scenes with the very serious message of wildlife extinction. Showing animals in unexpected scenarios, the public is drawn in, their curiosity piqued by the absurdity. And once they interact, they also begin to learn. This series of sculptures are here to transform the public into wildlife conservationists, one crazy work at a time. 

Through their art, Gillie and Marc aim to transform passive audiences into passionate advocates for animal conservation. Their mission is to use their work as a platform to continue spreading awareness about endangerment, which will ultimately lead to change and save species from extinction.

Their art has raised hundreds of thousands in donations for the many wildlife charities and causes they support through their project Love The Last.

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