Rhino Art Project

A New Paradigm

The world is facing a conservation crisis driven by habitat loss and illegal wildlife trade. Rangers are risking their lives trying to defend our last wild places against criminal syndicates. The population of African rhino’s is declining drastically and as of now it seems that we may lose the species before long. Vincent Mock, an artist who received the Van Vlissingen Art Prize for his work on combining art and conservation, helps to communicate the poaching story and raise funds for rhino protection

Mock’s innovative project wants to raise awareness through these contemporary art pieces, by provoking discussion around this issue that lies very close to the heart of the artist. The skulls originate from Marakele Park, South Africa where Vincent worked managing a rhino breeding area. Ever since his first-hand confrontation with Africa’s poaching problem, Vincent has been obsessed with telling an activist conservation story through his work

translation engravings rhino skull

道德经

In harmony with the Tao,
the sky is clear and spacious,
the earth is solid and full,
all creatures flourish together,
content with the way they are,
endlessly repeating themselves,
endlessly renewed.

When man interferes with the Tao,
the sky becomes filthy,
the earth becomes depleted,
the equilibrium crumbles,
creatures become extinct.

The Master views the parts with compassion,
because he understands the whole,
His constant practice is humility.
He doesn’t glitter like a jewel
but lets himself be shaped by the Tao,
as rugged and common as stone.

Lao Tsu - Tao Te Ching +-300BC

Since 2015 Fleur van der Minne and Vincent Mock have started working on different projects together. Fleur and Vincent both see contemporary art as an opportunity to transform and awaken us from our distanced relationship with nature. Mock and van der Minne have always had similar obsessions with the natural world and have developed different skills to support their curiosity and love for the environment. Vincent specializes in mixed media sculpture and installation and Fleur is specialized in photography, (nature) documentary film, drawing and painting.

A new paradigm

  • 2014-2018
  • Bronze,acrylic paint,glass
  • 73X101cm
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This impressive and perhaps controversial artwork is made from three real white rhinoceros skulls. These iconic beasts have fallen victim to the exponentially increasing poaching atrocities carried out in Africa today. Rhino horn is currently the most expensive ‘commodity’ in the world. In weight, it fetches more than diamonds and gold. Rhino horn is in great demand as both a status symbol and a healing agent, mainly in China and Vietnam.

Gold Rhino Skull

  • 2014-2018
  • Gold, acrylic paint, glass
  • 73X101cm
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Bronze Rhino Skull

  • 2014-2018
  • Bronze,acrylic paint,glass
  • 73X101cm
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