Western Lowland Gorilla by artists Gillie and Marc


EDITION 1 - SINGAPORE - 19 May 2023 - 18 May 2024
Gardens By The Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953
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Love The Western Lowland Gorilla



Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo

Critically Endangered

This 15-year-old silverback will do anything for his family. He will lead them to food, protect them from threats, and give them lots of hugs and kisses to make sure they know they are loved. Except he has a problem. The humans have come to attack his family, killing some for food and taking the babies as pets. And with human contact comes disease. His family have been lucky so far but he has heard of other families being completely wiped out by the deadly Ebola virus. He hopes it never spreads across his family.

The smallest of all the gorilla, the Western Lowland Gorilla are the most widespread, found in the thick tropical rainforests of western and central Africa. As vegetarians, they spend a lot of their time eating their favourite foods; roots, shoots, fruit, wild celery, tree bark and pulp. They are incredibly peaceful animals, living calm and nonviolent lives, except when they are provoked. When this happens, the dominant male can demonstrate his strength with a mighty display, standing on two-feet, charging, pounding his chest, hooting, and giving an almighty roar.

Just like us, female gorillas usually give birth to just one baby at a time. These little ones are tiny and helpless, only weighing about four pounds, and are completely dependent on their mother. They cling to her fur for safety until about four months old when they learn to ride on her back. They will stay safely on mums back for the first 2-3 years of their lives, watching and learning, getting a lot of love from mum. As they get older, they will start to play, climbing trees, wrestling, chasing each other, and learning everything they need to know to be a good gorilla. They are dependent on their mothers for up to 5 years.

Gorillas are some of the most intelligent animals in the world and can even learn sign language! Koko the gorilla shocked the world in the 1970s with her ability to learn and communicate in sign language. She mastered 1000 signs and was able to make statements of up to 8 words to let people know what she wanted or thought. Koko was also elevated to stardom when she adopted a kitten as a pet, a pet she had asked for, showing such care and love as if it were her own child. When her kitten died, she signed "Bad, sad, bad" and "Frown, cry, frown, sad, trouble" and was even heard making a sound similar to a human crying. Koko passed away in 2018.

The main threats for this gorilla are poaching and disease. It is estimated that their numbers have declined by over 65% in the past 20-25 years. Hunting the adults for bushmeat and the babies for pets is a big problem. In Northeast Congo alone, approximately 5% are killed each year. Being so closely related to us in terms of DNA is also a big problem when it comes to disease. Central Africa has been struggling with the deadly Ebola virus for a long time and it’s not just humans affected. Gorillas and chimpanzee have been suffering the symptoms with estimates stating that one-third of wild gorilla populations, mostly made up of the western lowland gorilla, have been killed. One community, once considered one of the most important populations, the Minkébé Forest, have lost 90% of their population to Ebola.


Inspired by animals that Gillie and Marc met on their travels, we invite the public to discover and interact with these beautiful creatures up close and personal – this allows audiences to connect, take photographs and share their favourite species with friends and family.

With more exposure comes more awareness and builds on the love we already have for animals around the world. With love comes a greater sense of urgency to create a change and save all endangered animals. 

​The sculpture will be aligned with the hashtag #LoveTheLast to raise unparalleled awareness about the sculpture’s cause across the globe.

To help protect these animals, please donate to the WWF: https://www.wwf.sg/


WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. As one of WWF’s international hubs, WWF-Singapore supports a global network spanning over 100 countries. We work to meet key conservation goals, such as deforestation, haze pollution, food security, sustainable finance, sustainable consumption and illegal wildlife trade.

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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. 

Gillie and Marc’s mission is to save species from extinction. Through their practices, they are transforming passive audiences into passionate advocates for animal conservation, spreading awareness about endangered species and leading to change.

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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If you are interested in buying art related to the Love the Last March, you will also be directly helping real animals in the wild, with 30% of sales going to WWF to continue their fantastic work for animal conservation. Click here to browse art > https://gillieandmarc.com/collections/love-the-last-march

Mr Carlos Schatz