Come 19 May 2023, National Endangered Species Day, the world’s largest sculpture will be unveiled in Singapore. Love The Last March by international artists Gillie and Marc will go on display at Gardens by the Bay and is an artwork that aims to bring attention to the rate of wildlife extinction and the need to help the animal kingdom.
Gillie and Marc are know for the public sculptures such as The Last Three, on display at the San Antonio Zoo, which highlights the Northern white rhino and King Nyani, a sculpture with three editions and found in Chicago, Connecticut and Sydney, that draws attention to gorillas.
Love The Last March: Highlighting the Plight Of the World’s Endangered Wildlife
The Love The Last March sculpture that will be unveiled in May will feature a total of 45 of the world’s most endangered species. Led by a great mountain gorilla, it depicts the animals marching in solidarity to save the animal kingdom.
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Explaining their inspiration for Love The Last March sculpture, Gillie and Marc said, “Usually when we create a public sculpture for wildlife, we focus on one animal per project. But the rate of extinction is picking up at a terrifying rate. We wanted to show the scale of this issue, bringing awareness of the overarching problem as well as highlighting individual species.”
The Love The Last March sculpture will be 192 metres in length. The sculpture is based on photographs and sketches that the artists have collected over the years of studying wildlife and animals such as the mountain gorilla, giraffe, giant panda, and the Northern hairy-nosed wombat.
Interactive Features of The World’s Largest Sculpture
Not simply a static sculpture, the Love The Last March sculpture is designed to be interactive. The public can scan QR codes on the animals to be taken to an informative web pages that provides information about the animal such as its behaviour, its diet and why it is threatened.
In addition, by downloading an app and scanning a QR code, the sculpture can be brought to life with a 3D animation. The public will be able to see the animals leap out of their static bronze bodies and begin their march on screen.
“Love The Last March will be the most important sculpture we ever created so we had to
make sure it was unforgettable. We hope that with the addition of augmented reality, people will become even more inspired to march alongside the animals, joining the movement to protect the world’s precious creatures,” said Gillie.
Eventually, a total of six editions of Love The Last March are planned to be launched worldwide.
Launch Event: Open to the Public
Love The Last March will open on 19 May 2023 as a celebration of National Endangered
There will be an unveiling event that is ticketed and open to the public. At the event, there will be an exclusive unveiling of the artwork, an artists’ talk, WWF Singapore partner talk, drinks, canapes and a free gift bag for all registered guest. Tickets for the unveiling event are priced at $20 and available here.
The Love The Last March sculpture be exhibited in Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay until 18 May 2024.