This project was inspired by a short advertisement about a documentary on the work of a retired NBA player Yao Ming who is trying to protect the elephants and rhinos in Africa. The documentary showed the illegal hunting of these animals which was horrible and showed how cruel human beings can be just for money. A rhino's horn can cost approximately $45,000 per pound and ivory costs approximately $1,000 per pound. The rhino horn is used as a medicine like a natural "Viagra", especially a northern white rhino, of which there are only 5 left in the world. In the documentary the baby elephant looks small and weak compared to Yao Ming who is 8 feet tall. These animals are physically bigger and stronger than human beings, however they still need to be protected.
My work is based on my memories and experiences recreating them with a positive perspective. In my opinion, we should be more optimistic. Life is beautiful, not miserable. Thus, I want to create fun and interesting sculptures that people can relate to and that hopefully help them appreciate their past.
So, I created a steel rhino with wooden horns and, painted it hot pink. The rhino is considered and icon of power and strength, but It is an animal that needs to be protected. It should not be used as a medicine. The hot pink color gets people's attention very easily and says "I'm little and cute!" which is a stark contrast to the real animal. In my opinion, human beings are able to hunt these animal, so we should feel likes these animal are small and little, even these are physically bigger and stronger than human beings.
"We are NOT MONEY" Series No.03
Mild steel sheet - Body, Hard maple plywood - Backboard,
Bass wood - Ivory, Paint
W30" X H30" X D17"
"We are NOT MONEY." Series No.02
Mild steel sheet - Body, Hard maple plywood - Backboard, Bass wood - Horn, Paint.