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Thank you to everyone who entered the Wild About Babies Competition. We were overwhelmed with incredible names and are happy to announce the winners below.
Kirabu the Baby African Elephant named by Carol Nicolson
Alasie the Baby Arctic Fox named by Robert Walls
Indraa the Baby Bengal Tiger named by Chris Ditchburn
Hope the Baby Cheetah named by Evie Hope Evason
Gombe the Baby Chimpanzee named by Megha Okhai
Chi the Baby Giant Panda named by Haley Jones
Adwaita the Baby Giant Tortoise named by Phil Corwhurst
Angel the Baby Giraffe named by Angela Marotta
Nerida the Baby Hippo named by Jodie West
Nefesh the Baby Indian Elephant named by Ari Zielgler
Wayang the Baby Javan Rhino named by Stephanie Walls
Maverick the Baby Leopard named by Lynn Lim
Zuberi the Baby Lion named by Dale Edney
Ursula the Baby Marsican Brown Bear named by Julia Richards
Neroli the Baby Orangutan named by Nic Smeede
Sotla the Baby Polar Bear named by Elizabeth Yorke
Warru the Baby Rock Wallaby named by Tina Russo
Nuria the Baby Western Lowland Gorilla named by Bridget Bentley
Kamali the Baby White Rhino named by Emily Whigham
Gaia the Mother Eastern Lowland Gorilla named by Lindsey Gibbins
ABOUT THE BABIES
One nearly universal trait that all humans possess is the inability to not melt a little bit when they see a baby animal. Baby animals are adorable. Full of life with big personalities, it’s impossible to not feel uplifted, or even an instinctual pull to protect, whenever you have the privilege of watching one. This is the power behind the world’s most important public sculpture of 2022, ‘Wild about Babies’ and the way wildlife conservation will become an issue that everybody will want to fight for.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The sixth mass extinction has been coming to our headlines with increasing frequency, and as more and more research comes out, we are starting to see the stark reality of what this means. In January 2020, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed 203 critically endangered mammalian species, including 31 which were tagged as possibly extinct. Wildlife is being faced with enormous challenges such as climate change and poaching, making their fight for survival harder every day.
We are the reason for this. We have lived as though we were separated from the earth, as though it was a resource to be exploited. But it doesn’t have to be like that. We can also be the saviour. It is now our responsibility to transform this age into one of regeneration, an age where the entire planet can work together with love to live in harmony.
In 2022, the public will have the opportunity to lead the movement to save baby animals all over the world. They will be first in line to get up close and personal with some of the most adorable yet endangered animals of our time and fall in love. With this love will spark a flame in the hearts of the people to give this new generation of wildlife and the generations that follow, a better start than their parents had, changing the course of mass extinction into one of life.
All wildlife needs our help now more than ever. We must spread the word far and wide, helping more and more people to understand the importance of wildlife conservation before it’s too late. And we must do it with love.
ABOUT THE SCULPTURE
This sculpture will bring an adorable array of baby animals to the streets in partnership with the world’s most renowned wildlife charity, WWF. 20 cute yet magnificent newborns of all different species will be expertly crafted in bronze, each representing real baby animals from around the world.
A celebration of the incredible diversity of the animal kingdom, the babies will be made up of many different animals, from polar bears to koalas. Each will be approximately 1 meter tall, all interacting and playing with each other. They will each be at home in their natural environments with native rocks and plants included in the exhibition, showing the public each animal’s natural playgrounds and inviting them to play along too.
But every baby needs a mother to love and protect no matter what. These babies are all connected to their universal mother, a giant gorilla. Great and beautiful at 3 meters in height, s he sits with her arms spread wide, welcoming all the animals into the safety of her embrace. But this protection is not only for the 20 bronze babies, it is extended to all the humans who come her way, inviting them to join her in saving the baby animals of the world.
This sculpture project is created to be interactive, giving the public a unique experience to touch, cuddle, and get up close and personal with some of the worlds most endangered species. Each individual sculpture will have a QR code attached where the public will be sent to information and pictures about the real-life animal in its natural habitat, giving a deeper understanding of wildlife in all its diversity.
This will be the most important public sculpture installation on earth for 2022.
HOW TO HELP
Based off real animals that Gillie and Marc met while travelling, the public will be able to meet individual animals.
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 all endangered animals.
The sculpture will be aligned with the hashtags #LoveTheLast and #wildaboutbabies to raise unparalleled awareness about the sculpture’s cause across the globe.
To help protect these babies you can adopt them and help them via the WWF: > Click here: www.wwf.org.au
If you are interested in buying Wild About Babies related art, you will also be directly helping real babies in the wild with 30% going to WWF to continue their fantastic work for animals conservation: Click here to browse art > https://gillieandmarc.com/collections/wild-about-babies
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.
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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May 2022 - May 2023
Yarra's Edge, Melbourne
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisations, with over five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. Our mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Australia has launched a bold program of action to Regenerate Australia.
Regenerate Australia aims to rehabilitate and restore wildlife and habitats and future-proof Australia against climate disasters. We’re proud to be leading the way in creating and delivering innovative, high-impact sustainable solutions.
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