Carter, Beau, Duke (Left to Right)
Wild Chimp Tree Climbing
Chimpanzees are very adept at being in trees. It is a very important skill for them to have as they spend a good amount of time up there, sleeping, eating, and being a lookout. It is a skill they must perfect from a young age which is often encouraged in play, for example being chased up a tree by an older chimp.
Chimpanzees are physically made for tree climbing. Their curved fingers and toes make it much easier for them to grasp onto branches, a trait that we lost a long time ago. An interesting study of a young chimp who was purchased in the 1930s and raised like a human child showed how the curve remained, despite never having been able to climb a tree (poor chimp).
HOW TO HELP
Based off real animals that Gillie and Marc met while studying, the public will be able to meet individual animals. This will help them to realise that there are apes with unique personalities, thoughts and emotions. The loss of one individual is just as devastating as losing an individual human.
With public art, more people will come into contact with these sculptures, will stop and consider them, will take a photograph, and will discuss this with their friends and family. Through this increased exposure, the message of love, family, and conservation will be spread much further than any piece of art in a gallery ever could. It will bring people into close contact and will help them to fall in love. With love comes a greater urge to want to create a change and save the great apes.
The sculpture will be aligned with the hashtags #LoveTheLast and #ChimpsAreFamily to raise unparalleled awareness about the sculpture’s cause across the globe.
To help protect the great apes you can adopt a chimp and help them via the WWF: https://www.worldwildlife.org/
The Barnes Family