Rhino’s in Shanghai

Rhino Ghosts in Shanghai

Design as we all know comes in many guises.  We were completely compelled by this evocative image. “Taming the Beast” is the latest creation by Faith47, inspired by her recent trip to Shanghai in China. The representation of the South African rhino on the desolate walls of Shanghai aim to bring the majestic animal into Asia, to settle its restless spirit. As each week passes South African wildlife says goodbye to many rhinos that are illegally hunted for their horns. Since 2010 some 1 154 rhinos have violently stripped of their horns for their medical demand driven by countries such China, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam. These Asian countries believe the spurious medical myths about how the rhino’s horn can treat many afflictions and ailments.  “Taming the Beast” brings the beauty of a struggling animal into a lost space. The polarity of the urban landscape and the Rhino’s natural setting does not escape us as does the old versus the new order.  This poignant image serves as a reminder that if poaching continues, rhinos will be lost too.

 

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