White Rhino Bookend - Cold Cast Bronze Sculpture
White Rhino Bookend - Cold Cast Bronze Sculpture
White Rhino Bookend - Cold Cast Bronze Sculpture
White Rhino Bookend - Cold Cast Bronze Sculpture

White Rhino Bookend - Cold Cast Bronze Sculpture

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Origins of the artefact

If I say to you, ‘Only once you’ve encountered this animal in the wild can you truly appreciate its’ magnificence,’ you may retort, ‘That is true of so many of Africa’s creatures.’ Your reply would be correct. However, when on safari, go out, accompanied by a qualified ranger, and spend some time in Ceratotherium simum’s (White Rhino’s) domain. Then let’s talk again. Surviving my first charge made me appreciate, all over again, how precious life really is. I felt thoroughly enthralled, exhilarated, in fact. Feeling the ground shaking beneath one’s feet with an almost two-ton prehistoric behemoth barrelling down on your position is perhaps for the foolish, but certainly not for the feeble! However, upon returning to the area a few weeks later, looking skyward, I saw the tell-tale sight of those black-clad aerial undertakers awaiting their turn to descend and devour. Could it be the very creation that I stood in awe of just recently? Somehow, I knew that I would witness what can only be described as a murder scene. Walking up to this still-dying giant, bullet-riddled, horn brutally chain-sawed off, gasping for breath it could not possibly get… And I, standing there as helpless as a dung beetle in a buffalo stampede,  seeing …

In short, every sculpture of mine is a memorial to these unique and precious creatures. Please friend, join me in making their plight heard.

How did the name arise ?

The artefact available to you is a lovingly-sculpted rendition of the wide-mouthed rhino, that is a grazer, not a browser. The black rhino is a browser. Some say the name ‘White Rhino’ has its origins with the early Cape Dutch settlers who may have termed it ‘Wyd mond’. Recent research seems to suggest the area that the early Dutch explorers had first encountered Ceratotherium Simum (it’s biological name) was rich in calcrete, and these animals who love a good mud wallow, were covered in a dried slurry from the pans of the Kuruman area, Northern Cape. When the mud had fully dried, it made these (normally grey) creatures appear almost white in colour.

Dimensions :

Length of bookend: +-345mm (13.58 Inches)

Height of bookend: +-320mm (12.6 Inches)

Width of bookend: +-240mm (9.4 Inches)

Thickness of wood: +-43mm (1.7 Inches)

This exciting, new, limited edition of cold-cast bronze artefacts should prove an attractive proposition, indeed.  

Plaque

The plaque that is inserted into the elegantly recessed rearward vertical aspect of the bookend is in effect a duel-layered one. The first layer is usually of brushed aluminium bearing a CNC-machined inscription of the pedigree of the particular artefact. The second (outermost) layer is one cut from solid copper sheet usually sporting a CNC-machined scroll pattern.

Weight of completed artefact

Approximately 8.0 Kilograms (Weights provided herein are estimates only).

Wood type  used for bookend

African Mahogany (Khaya spp.); Bubinga (African Rosewood; Guibortia spp)  or Afrormosia (Pericopsis elata) otherwise known as African Teak.

Edition

This range will comprise a total of 100 (One hundred castings only). There will be no Artist Proofs (AP’s) in this edition. Production of this artefact will cease after piece number 100/100 is produced. There will be no second edition.

Time required for completion of order

Approximately 6 to 8 weeks.