Dockside Group is proud to announce the latest addition to the family, the official adoption of a Rhinoceros sculpture painted by internationally acclaimed Sydney artist, Ken Done.
The Rhino is part of the Taronga Wild! Rhinos art event by the Taronga Conservation Society, an initiative which Dockside Group, owner and operator of eight Sydney waterfront venues and restaurants, is lending its support to.
Ken Done contributed two Rhinos to the exhibition, Dockside Group’s Rhino Survival and a piece sponsored by the Taronga Conservation Society entitled Golden Baby.
Using his famous broad brush strokes, Rhino Survival illustrates the incandescent Sydney Harbour with the ears of the Rhino cleverly used to represent sails on the Sydney Opera House. This is a fitting depiction given the Rhino is currently residing outside Dockside Group’s restaurants at The Rocks; Waterfront, Wolfies and Italian Village. The rare animal is enjoying the same spectacular view of the Harbour as the restaurants’ patrons.
Beverley Parker, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Dockside Group, says the sponsorship of this program is just one of many ways the business is supporting Sydney’s vibrant cultural arts community.
“We are thrilled to lend our support to this important cause through such an interactive and engaging event. It is a fabulous way for Sydneysiders and guests to explore our beautiful city, for not only are the Rhinos attractive and fun, they deliver a vital educational message about the importance of conserving this precious and endangered species.
“Having the Dockside Group Rhino painted by Ken Done is just the icing on the cake for us, and we hope that his prominence in the artistic community will attract plenty of attention for the Wild! Rhinos exhibition,” said Ms Parker.
From 3 February 2014 to 28 April 2014, the Wild! Rhinos initiative aims to create mass public awareness of the plight of the endangered Black Rhino and raise funds for Taronga Zoo’s Black Rhino breeding program and in-situ conservation projects via the installation of 125 wildly coloured Rhino sculptures distributed throughout Sydney Harbour Foreshore, and further to the Blue Mountains, Dubbo and Central West NSW.
After the event, each sculpture will be sold at auction with the net proceeds going to support Taronga’s Black Rhino conservation programs.