The Last Three was created by husband-and-wife artist duo Gillie and Marc, they created the statue to raise awareness of the endangered species, and they will be collecting messages on their website for a petition against the use of rhino horns.
The new 16-foot installation is a homage to the last three remaining northern white rhinos in existence, and will also be used as a petition to help save the species from extinction.
Contemporary artists Gillie and Marc Schattner first traveled to Kenya in 2017 to visit the world’s last three surviving northern white rhinos. After spending time with Sudan, Najin, and Fatu at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the couple decided to mobilize awareness for the endangered trio through art.
The illegal practice of poaching white rhinos for their horns has become an international issue, and the rhinos have to be guarded 24-hours a day, with horn-embedded transmitters to ensure their protection.
Najin and Fatu are females, but the one surviving male, Sudan, is too old to reproduce, and a recent infection in his leg means that he is facing his last days. The females are both infertile, meaning that their species’ extinction is imminent.
“The Last Three” will remain on public view in New York City until May 15, 2018.