Australian artists and conservationists, Gillie and Marc, are unveiling their “Faces of the Wild” installation today in Greenwich Village’s Ruth Wittenberg Triangle. The four-month exhibit, made possible from a collaboration with the Village Alliance Business Improvement District and permitted as part of NYC Department of Transportation’s Art Program, features nine sculptures representing some of the most endangered animals in the world.
The artists, hailed by the New York Times as “the most successful and prolific creators of public art in New York’s history,” are best known for creating larger-than-life sculptures, like the massive “King Nyani” gorilla that took over Hudson Yards in 2020. For “Faces of the Wild,” Gillie and Marc created six-feet tall busts of the endangered animals, offering the public an unique opportunity to, according to Gillie, “really look deep into the eyes of all these incredible animals and fall in love.”
Each of the sculptures, including the western lowland gorilla and the African forest elephant, contains a QR code that provides information on each of the animals, including the threats to their survival. By scanning the code, the public will have an opportunity to make a direct donation to the World Wildlife Fund, Gillie & Marc’s charity partner, to help support the protection of endangered animals.
“So many people living in urban environments like New York City will never have the opportunity to see or learn about an animal like an addax; incorporating important information with the sculptures gives the public a better understanding of nature’s wonders,” said Gillie.
The installation is part of the artists’ “Love the Last Collection,” a social movement driven by public art to raise awareness, funds and support for some of the world’s most endangered species.
“Faces of the Wild” can be seen from April 1, 2022, to July 31, 2022, at New York City’s Ruth Wittenberg Triangle, located at the intersection of Greenwich Avenue, the Avenue of the Americas and Christopher Street. Find out more here: https://lovethelast.com/pages/face-of-the-wild