I wrote last week on the wonderful new work of public art in London entitled The Wildlife Table of Love in Paternoster Square. I mentioned in that post how I have long enjoyed seeing the public work of artists Gille and Marc around London and indeed in many other large cities around the world.
Some artwork seems to be on rotation, such as the Paparazzi Dogs that were outside the Royal Exchange for what seemed like just a little while.
These two elephants above are Emoli and Tagwa and they are my favourite. Emoli was a victim of the climate crisis and discovered starving along the Voi River, and it is thought that his mother died from starvation due to a drought. Tagwa was rescued from Mount Kenya and suspected an orphan from human interference.
The whole display of course as well as being something nice to look at is to remind Londoners about the issues facing this particular species of mammal with whom we share the planet with.
My favourite though are Rabbitwoman and Dogman. Their names always make me chuckle as I used to have a near neighbour where I lived and she used to look and walk rather like a rabbit; at least in my way of thinking. She was never very pleasant though and I don’t think said ‘Hello’ once in 13 years.
However Rabbitwoman and Dogman are my favourite and they pop up all over London which is great as I do too and I enjoy seeing them.
Rabbitwoman is a half of Gillie and Marc’s most iconic duo, Rabbitwoman and Dogman. Together they tell the autobiographical tale of two opposites coming together to become best friends and soul mates. As unlikely animal kingdom companions, the Rabbit and the Dog stand for diversity and acceptance through love. Rabbitwoman has been chosen to tell the stories of women because she is also the embodiment of all women, as well as an individual. She is often out on many different adventures with Dogman, taking the lead in many of these, and living her life the way that she wants it, not how its has been dictated for her. She stands for what women can accomplish when they are confident within themselves and have the unfailing support from those they love.
The other half of the Rabbitwoman duo is Dogman, and he should not be forgotten in this story. Dogman recognizes that this is the time to take a step back to support Rabbitwoman and to celebrate her. This role is incredibly important for all men to play, staying by the women in their lives side, giving them the love and support they deserve and cheering them on to do the best that they can.
Whilst writing this I have found that it is possible to buy miniatures of the dynamic duo for home…. hmmmm!