A Giant Gorilla Sculpture Arrives in Hudson Yards
Two to three kids can fit into King Nyani's giant hands for a fun photo op!
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Two years ago they brought another giant animal installation to New York: a 17-foot-tall sculpture of three rhinos, the tallest bronze rhino sculpture in the world. It features the last three Northern White Rhinos, which have sadly now become two, and stood in both Manhattan and Brooklyn as a protest against the sale of rhino horns.
“We aim to inspire everyone to be more loving and conscious of their surroundings and the life it contains,” Gillie said on her and Mark's website. “We aim to create a community that passionately works for change and optimism today so we can all live in a much better world tomorrow.”
Through a partnership with the Hudson Yards-Hell’s Kitchen Alliance, King Nyani will remain on view for 11 months, reminding everyone who sees it that gorillas are not King Kong, and we should do everything we can to save them from extinction. For example, the artists are asking that visitors take a photo with the sculpture and post it on social media with the hashtag #LoveTheLast, which is the artist's mission to use their work as a platform to spread awareness about endangerment. They hope the piece will encourage onlookers to make a donation to the World Wildlife Foundation or other wildlife protective agencies.
Main image Courtesy Gillie and Mark Chattner via their website, lovethelast.com