In May 20th of 2018, the last male white rhino was euthanized, since his health was failing to the point that it couldn’t stand on his feet. He was one of the many species that have gone extinct and will go in the following years. South African street artist Sonny decided to create a series of paintings and sculptures in order to raise awareness over the troubling matter of species extinction. His series To the Bone feature portraits of popular and loving animals, like pandas, elephants, rhinos and gorillas in an effort to warn people about their upcoming extinction if nobody does anything to protect the environment.
To the Bone explores the idea of extinction for many loving species.
The animals are shown with half healthy face and half skeleton face to show their demise.
The exposed bones are decorated with tribal design from their countries of origin.
Each canvas is paired with a skull replica, showing what will remain of them if poachers continue doing their ‘jobs’.
10% of the sale of each artwork will be donated to Project C.A.T
In this project, the funds that are collected are used in order to ensure a safe living space for future generations of tigers by helping conserve about two million acres of protected land in India and Bhutan.
Sonny wants to paint large murals of animals in as many cities as possible.
Sonny’s project began thanks to his passion for wildlife and his will to help maintain it as it is.
At May 17,18 and 19, Sonny will exhibit his work in New York and you can RSVP here.
The main ‘job’ of art is to create feelings. In this instant, Sonny wants us to feel empathy about all the wild animals that are threatened with extinction and make us more active in the fight of keeping them alive and healthy. For more news from the artist, you can visit him on Instagram and Facebook.