Dik Dik - 2018
This sculpture was a commission for a client who wanted to give a pair to his daughter as a wedding present. Dik dik mate for life so it is the perfect gift! The client is a supporter of Il Ngwesi, one of the first NRT community run lodges in Northern Kenya. Hamish was lucky enough to undertake a research trip there to study this miniature antelope.
Dik dik have large eyes and a pointed snout and stand between about 35-40cm tall. They are rarely seen alone, usually in their pairs, and occasionally with a third which will be their offspring. They are nocturnal creatures and tend to sleep most of the day. Shy and elusive, they like to stay close to the protective cover of vegetation.
Hamish's sculpture communicates the sense that these animals are always on the alert, watchful and wary. The base is inspired by the territorial mark making of other wild animals that Hamish saw at Il Ngwesi. It depicts a river bed with the tracks of elephants, leopard, warthog and a dik dik scrape.
Available in limited edition.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I visited Il Ngwesi on a recent dik dik research trip. With my guide James Kinyaga and NRT security Kawai, I spent many happy hours on guided bush walks searching for the shy dik dik. It was great to be focused on one species, stalking to within 20 meters which is close for such a shy, always alert, tense antelope. I also set up trail cameras to capture images of them, but they were eaten by hyena! My room overlooked the river bed where I often saw dik dik. The river bed acted as a kind of bush telegraph, telling the story of last night's events and which animals had passed by. I wanted to capture all of this in my dik dik sculpture.