Artists Promote Rhino Conservation

| May 11, 2015

Botswana Insurance Holdings (BIHL) and some artists have come with an initiative on conservation of rhinos through the use of life sized rhino sculptures.

The initiative followed BIHL Trust’s recent donation of P100 000 to the Khama Rhino Sanctuary Trust (KRST) towards ear notching and DNA sampling of rhinos.

Speaking at the unveiling of the rhino sculpture at Molapo Crossing Piazza in Gaborone recently, BIHL Trust communications and marketing manager, Tebogo Keepetsoe said following the donation, they wanted to do something that would raise awareness on rhino conservation.

Keepetsoe said they partnered with artists to develop and install sculptures in a bid to spark greater debate and action in the fight for rhino protection.

She stated that a total of three fiberglass sculptures developed by Joseph Piet would be placed in three different locations: Molapo Crossing Piazza in Gaborone, museum in Maun and the civic centre gardens in Francistown.

She stated that the initiative had also provided them with an opportunity to contribute towards the growth and development of artists. “Their talents would be further showcased in their decoration of each unique rhino,” she said.

Keepetsoe said the initiative was a supplement to KRST’s rhino preservation efforts. She said they did not want a situation like in South Africa where rhino poaching was at peak.

She also stated that they would continue carrying out rhino conservation campaigns on radio and television as a way of raising awareness.

She said each sculpture, currently blank canvases, would be decorated by artists comprising Arone Edward, Christopher Mokgeledi, and Bolaane Mazebedi.

In a brief interview, the artist behind the rhino sculptures Piet said, such artistic pieces were basically not his creation alone, but for all as that was a community project.

“Some different artists would be involved in the painting of these sculptures, as this is a community project which needs lot of helping hands, and we are all concerned about the slayings of rhinos,” he said.

Piet was happy to be part of the initiative stating that in most instances, artists did not have enough exposure to showcase what they had to offer, as there were no sculpture parks around.

He further stated that public display of such sculptures would grant him the opportunity to be recognised by many people and appreciating his artistic work.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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