The rhino runs for freedom (Original Mixed Media Painting)
Dimensions 47.2 x 35.4 inch (H*W)
120 x 90 cm (H*W)
Materials Mixed media and gold leaf on canvas
We Whale Always Love You (Bronze Sculpture)
Dimensions 63 x 118.1 x 59.1 inch (H*L*W)
160 x 300 x 150 cm (H*L*W)
Materials Bronze with bronze and blue patinas
Rabbitwoman and Dogman have always been drawn to the ocean, entranced by its power, its sheer size, and also all of the fascinating creatures that call it home. Through the waves they ride, across this massive expanse of blue that covers our planet, on the back of a humpback whale. These gigantic creatures are incredible. They launch themselves out of the water in an incredible spectacle called breaching, but the best part is the beautiful song of the males, singing to attract a mate. Rabbitwoman and Dogman love the whales and share an intimate bond with them, protecting the whale as they ride on its back across the ocean, making sure the waters are safe.
Hippo Wild Ride (Bronze Sculpture)
Dimensions 66.9 x 106.3 x 47.2 inch (H*L*W) 1102.3 lbs
170 x 270 x 120 cm (H*L*W) 500 kgs
Hippo Wild Ride is a monument to the endangered species across the world that need our help. ‘Love The Last’ series aims to use public art to raise awareness, funds, and support for the most vulnerable animals. Rabbitwoman and Dogman, who appear perched up on the hippo, are Gillie and Marc’s symbols of unity and acceptance. They bring people together, just as the artists bring the conservation message to you. Hippo Wild Ride is not an artwork that says do not touch, instead, copy the duo as they invite you to jump up on the interactive sculpture. Rabbitwoman and Dogman want you to sit and climb on the sculpture, and be part of the cause and mission. Use the hashtag #LoveTheLast to share a selfie with the hippo, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, and join in the conservation of these beautiful animals – before it’s too late.
Turgwe Hippo Trust considers the hippo in Hippo Wild Ride, as the most photogenic hippo, with a hairier head and light skin. Named Kuchek after conservationist Karen Paolillo’s childhood pony, this beloved animal wanted to stay with his family, refusing to leave, which is typical male bull behaviour.
As male hippos draw to maturity, they are usually driven out by their family to make way for future calves and as not to spar with the dominant bull. Kuchek, however, refused to leave and stayed with his family no matter how much they fought him (fighting is normal hippo behaviour). In her 28 years of conservation work, Paolillo has only seen this behaviour in bull hippos twice! At the age of 13, Kuchek became in charge of his own family – after his parents left – and is now the father of four calves.
Rhino Wild Ride (Bronze Sculpture)
Dimensions 66.9 x 106.3 x 47.2 inch (H*L*W) 1102 lbs
170 x 270 x 120 cm (H*L*W) 500 kgs
Rhino Wild Ride is a monument to the endangered species across the world that need our help. ‘Love The Last’ series aims to use public art to raise awareness, funds, and support for the most vulnerable animals.
Rabbitwoman and Dogman, who appear perched up on the Rhino, are Gillie and Marc’s symbols of unity and acceptance. They bring people together, just as the artists bring the conservation message to you. Rhino Wild Ride is not an artwork that says do not touch, instead, copy the duo as they invite you to jump up on the interactive sculpture.
Rabbitwoman and Dogman want you to sit and climb on the sculpture, and be part of the cause and mission. Use the hashtag #LoveTheLast to share a selfie with the Rhino, Rabbitwoman and Dogman, and join in the conservation of these beautiful animals – before it’s too late.
In 2018, Gillie and Marc launched a tribute to the Northern White Rhino with their sculpture The Last Three, unveiled in the heart of New York City. Unfortunately, it couldn’t save Sudan, the last male of the species, who passed away just weeks after the opening of the sculpture.
Through this incredible sad period for conversation efforts, Gillie and Marc realised how the sculpture had captured the public’s attention both on the street and online.
Thousands of people had sent goodbye messages to the last three rhinos, signed the petition to crack down on the trade of illegal rhino horn; and, donated money to Ol Pejeta Conservancy to help protect the last two Northern White Rhinos and the other endangered species that call Ol Pejeta home.
Crab Riders (Bronze Sculpture)
Dogman on crab base size
2.6 x 63 x 88.6 inch (H*L*W)
6.5 x 160 x 225 cm (H*L*W)
Dogman on crab total size
94.5 x 65 x 94.5 inch (H*L*W) 992 lbs
240 x 165 x 240 cm (H*L*W) 450kgs
Rabbitgirl on crab base size
2.6 x 62.2 x 86.6 inch (H*L*W)
6.5 x 158 x 220 cm (H*L*W)
Rabbitgirl on crab total size
96.5 x 66.9 x 92.5 inch (H*L*W) 771.6 lbs
245 x 170 x 235 cm (H*L*W) 350 kgs
Small crab base size
2.6 x 53.5 x 70.7 inch (H*L*W)
6.5 x 136 x 179.5 cm (H*L*W)
Small crab total size
45.3 x 59 x 82.3 inch (H*L*W) 540 lbs
115 x 150 x 209 cm (H*L*W) 245 kgs
Materials Bronze Exhibited at Woolloomooloo Wharf 2015
Crab Riders is a three-piece artwork of three large-scale crabs, two of which are ridden by Dogman and Rabbitwoman. It was a part of the Sculpture by the Wharf Festival in Sydney’s glamorous Finger Wharf in Woolloomooloo. Crab Riders continues the artists’ passionate exploration of environmental issues while encouraging playful interaction from the public. Gillie and Marc believe that crabs are more symbolic than ever, in a world facing incredible environmental challenges. Crabs are resilient and strong, thanks to their thick exoskeleton, and are some of the most ancient creatures to walk among us. The artists wanted the march of the crabs to continue in the face of ocean warming, pollution and acidification. It’s very easy to only care about animals that are cuddly and cute, but Gillie and Marc believe we should find compassion for even the strangest and scariest animals. Dogman and Rabbitwoman sit peacefully on top of the crabs encouraging us to do the same with the crab who is riderless. Climbing aboard a crab is a unique and clever way to instantly build a bond with these amazing creatures. One of the crab sculptures has also been permanently installed in Frankston Pier in Victoria.
Run for your lives (Bronze Sculpture)
Rhino One: 93.7 x 135 x 43.3 inch (H*L*W)
Base: 3.1 x 111.4 x 39.4 inch (H*L*W) 2204 lbs
Rhino One: 238 x 343 x 110 cm (H*L*W)
Base: 8 x 283 x 100 cm (H*L*W) 1000 kgs
Rhino Two: 51.2 x 116.1 x 33 inch (H*L*W)
Base: 3.1 x 98.4 x 33.1 inch (H*L*W) 1323 lbs
Rhino Two: 130 x 295 x 84 cm (H*L*W)
Base: 8 x 250 x 84 cm (H*L*W) 600 kgs
Rhino Three: 51.2 x 112.2 x 31.9 inch (H*L*W)
Base: 3.1 x 78.7 x 31.5 inch (H*L*W) 1323 lbs
Rhino Three: 130 x 285 x 81 cm (H*L*W)
Base: 8 x 200 x 80 cm (H*L*W) 600 kgs
Exhibited at Federation Square 6 January–14 March 2014 Run for your life is now permanently gifted to Latrobe University and exhibited at the Bundoora campus. The work will still remain part of the Wonderment Walk and will be promoted and programmed by both organisations.Transport yourself to the African savanna by visiting a stunning trio of bronze rhinos in the Square. Following their hugely popular Paparazzi Dogs exhibition, public artists Gillie and Marc return to Fed Square with another collection of inspiring sculptures. Titled Run for your Life, the work features three magnificent rhino sculptures that invite the public to be part of their run for freedom and life. The first rhino is ridden by Gillie and Marc's iconic hybrid dogman and rabbitwoman characters and the smaller rhinos are there for everyone to jump on! This remarkable installation brings the call of the wild to the city and to the people of Melbourne who already have a strong moral and environmental concern. Nearly 700 rhinos have been killed in South Africa in 2013 making it the bloodiest year yet for rhino poaching. Gillie and Marc's sculptures hope to raise public awareness of the plight of rhino species in the wild. Now critically endangered, rhinos desperately need the active involvement of everyone to save their lives. Gillie and Marc hope everyone who sets foot in Fed Square can feel a connection to the three sculptures that spell out the rhinos future. The bronze rhinos are the latest public works to be commissioned by Fed Square's Creative Program. Photos by William Watt
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