ABOUT THE ANIMAL: We’re about to witness the imminent extinction of the northern white rhinos. From a population of 40,000, there are only 2 northern white rhinos left, making them the rarest animals on earth. Their names are Najin. and Fatu.
Rhino horns are worth more than their weight in gold, so the last 2 are under constant threat from armies of poachers. Monumental sculpture artists - Gillie and Marc - created the world's tallest rhino sculpture to inspire, educate, and mobilise a global community to raise their voices, and affect real change against rhino horn sales.
ABOUT THE PROJECT: The Last Three, which was installed in the heart of New York City in March 2018, depicting Najin, Fatu and Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino has since passed away. The sculpture continues to raise critical awareness and funds needed to protect the last northern white rhinos and to encourage participation in a petition for approaching Chinese and Vietnamese governments about eliminating the demand for rhino horns.
EXHIBITION DATES: Permanently located at the San Antonio Zoo in Texas.
EXHIBITION LOCATIONS: Following the original installation, the incredible 17-foot-tall interactive artwork then travelled to MetroTech Common in Downtown Brooklyn to raise critical awareness about rhino conservation. It has now reached its final destination and will reside permanently at San Antonio Zoo in Texas.
Nat Geo WILD: Nat Geo WILD is an incredible sponsor of The Last Three project by Gillie and Marc! Nat Geo WILD is the only network 100% dedicated to animals and the people who love them. As a part of National Geographic, the world’s premium destination for science, adventure and exploration, the network is thrilled to be the main sponsor for The Last Three. For over 129 years, Nat Geo has used the power of storytelling to change the world, and Nat Geo WILD is excited to join forces to raise awareness for this important cause. For more information, visit http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/
Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and home to the last two Northern White Rhinos on Earth. It is a sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market and the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya and still manages a very successful livestock program. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.
Forest City Realty Trust: We are Forest City Realty Trust, Inc., an NYSE-listed real estate company that owns, develops, manages and acquires commercial and residential real estate in markets across the United States. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Forest City's portfolio of exceptional office, retail and apartment assets, as well as dynamic, mixed-use communities, is primarily focused in our core markets – New York City, Washington, D.C. Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Astor Place: Astor Place is a new town square where East and West Villages convene, the thriving focal point of a young, vibrant and artistic community of residents, businesses, cultural organizations, students and all who visit New York City. Astor Place is managed and maintained by the Village Alliance, a community-based, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create a cleaner, safer, greener, attractive and enjoyable Greenwich Village neighbourhood. By hosting The Last Three sculpture, Astor Place will showcase the spirit of the neighbourhood and be instrumental in making history for rhino conservation. For more information, visit www.astorplace.nyc or @astorplacenyc.
The Thomas Collective: The Thomas Collective is a full-service marketing communications firm headquartered in New York, with core capabilities in brand development, public relations and digital/social media. They are an independent agency and diverse-certified by WBENC. Through their expertise, the Thomas Collective has been instrumental in critically spreading the word about the launch of The Last Three, and with that awareness about rhino conservation. They have generously partnered with Gillie and Marc to plan an exciting unveiling that will make headlines worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.thethomascollective.com/
INDE: INDE, one of the world’s top Augmented Reality companies, develops award-winning interactive and immersive products and experiences in entertainment, education, and advertising. They have teamed up with Gillie and Marc to help save rhinos by bringing The Last Three to life in the streets of New York City!
New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program: Launched in 2008, the New York City Department of Transportation’s Art Program invigorates the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. The Program partners with community-based organizations and artists to present murals, sculptures, projections and performances on plazas, fences, barriers, bridges, step streets and sidewalks for up to 11 months. Projects are presented within four program tracks: Arterventions, Barrier Beautification, Community Commissions and Art Display Case Exhibits. For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/dotart
Intrepid: Run by travellers, for travellers, Intrepid Travel is the global leader in delivering sustainable experience-rich travel, carrying over 250,000 passengers a year. Their brands offer over 1,000 itineraries on every continent, catering for all ages, budgets and appetites for adventure.
Thomas Hoebbel Photography & Video: Thomas Hoebbel Photography & Video produces stunning photographs and stand out videos in the New York area. With over 25 years’ experience as a photographer, Thomas excels in photojournalism, wedding photography, portraits and commercial photography as well as video production. He specializes in creating content for businesses and not-for-profits.
San Antonio Zoo: San Antonio Zoo®, operated by San Antonio Zoological Society, is a non-profit organization committed to securing a future for wildlife. Through its passion and expertise in animal care, conservation, and education, the zoo’s mission is to inspire its community to love, engage with, act for and protect animals and the places they live. The zoo welcomes more than a million visitors each year and is open year-round. San Antonio Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Zoological Association of America, and Humane Certified by American Humane.
HOW TO HELP: There are a few ways you can help:
- Donate to Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Ol Pejeta Conservancy is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa, and home to the last two Northern White Rhinos on Earth. It is a sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market and the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya and still manages a very successful livestock program. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians. The incredible work conducted by Ol Pejeta Conservancy would not be possible without generous donations from individuals and organizations around the world. Gillie and Marc created The Last Three sculpture to raise awareness about the plight of the rhinos, and critical funds needed to protect them. Your help is desperately needed – between 24/7 security and high medical bills, it’s extremely expensive keeping Najin and Fatu alive. You can make a donation at http://www.olpejetaconservancy.org/.
- Buy a mini The Last Three sculpture: Gillie and Marc made a mini maquette of The Last Three sculpture so that everyone can have one! Proceeds from its sale go to future conservation projects to protect the last remaining rhinos. You can see it here at https://gillieandmarc.com/shop/sculptures-for-sale/last-three-one-earth/
- Take a photo and share online: The sculpture is aligned with the hashtag #LoveTheLast. Visitors will be asked to take a photo with the artwork and share it with the hashtag, jump starting efforts to spread critical awareness.