In celebration of its 40th anniversary this year, Hampshire’s Marwell Wildlife is bringing a world-class mass public art event to Southampton.
The Go! Rhinos event, will take place in the city over a 10-week period this summer. Southampton will be the home to a herd of sponsored rhino sculptures, which will be placed at various locations across the city centre to form a rhino trail.
Various organisations will be sponsoring the rhino sculptures, and the rhinos will be decorated by local professional artists, providing a unique design on each piece – part of the fun will be following the trail and choosing your favourite rhino!
As well as providing the opportunity to showcase local artistic talent, the event encourages outdoors exploration, whilst raising significant funds for local charities; Marwell Wildlife, The Rose Road Association and Wessex Heartbeat’s High 5 Appeal.
Ordnance Survey will be involved in a variety of ways. We are sponsoring one of the rhinos, which will be forming part of the rhino trail, and will be producing the official Southampton trail map. We’ll also be plotting the route of the rhinos online using OS OpenSpace data.
Similar events in other locations have proven to be extremely popular, providing an eye catching and fun way to explore the area.
Elaine Owen, our Corporate Responsibility Manager said: “We are proud to support the Go! Rhino campaign, which will benefit both local charities, and other worthy causes further afield. The rhino trail in Southampton will provide an eye-catching outdoors experience. As well as encouraging local families to explore the city, and perhaps see it in a different light, it will no doubt attract a multitude of visitors to the area too.”
Reggie the rhino has been out and about raising the profile of the event. He recently visited our head office – the rhino’s presence has proved to be a very popular topic of conversation. We are all really excited and waiting in anticipation to see our rhino’s design. No doubt lots of our team will be using the trail map to find the location of Ordnance Survey’s rhino sculpture first!
The Go! Rhino trail will be in Southampton between 13 July and 22 September 2013. After the event, each rhino sculpture will be sold at auction, with the net proceeds being donated to the designated charities.
You can follow the Go! Rhinos progress on Twitter @GoRhinos2013, and the Go Rhinos page on Facebook. Visit www.gorhinos.co.uk to find out more.