Black Rhino Running - 2018
Hamish first visited Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 1996 and has been studying rhino in the wild there, ever since.
Hamish sculpted Black Rhino Running 2018 at the same time as Baby Rhino after Mud Bath 2018 and Black Rhino Itch 2018. He dug some clay out of the ground to sculpt with as it felt like the perfect material to depict rhinos covered in mud.
Rhino are one of the few creatures not to be covered in hair, so one can really see what is going on beneath the skin. Often misconceived as sluggish, rhino are in fact nimble, agile and quick. In his hallmark loose gestural style and with anatomical precision, Hamish conveys the strength and power of a Black Rhino Running in this dynamic sculpture.
Black Rhino are a conservation success story. Twenty years ago they were on the brink of extinction, but numbers have doubled since then, thanks in great part to the pioneering work of sanctuaries like Lewa. They are still however a critically endangered species. This bronze sculpture would make a great gift for conservation supporters and wildlife lovers.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I will never forget my first visit to Africa in 1996, when a rhino grazing at night came so close to my tent that it knocked the guy ropes! I have been lucky to be back on several occasions to study rhino in the wild and I find them fascinating creatures. They have become a great favourite of mine to sculpt.