Baz'Art Salt River Street Art Tour
The Rhino by Mariana Palomino
Can you see the blue and white wall to your right?
Let's stop in front of it for a moment.
It's here that we meet Christina and Mariana again. This time the pair's collaboration was an upgrade to the walls of a creche here called “Happy Feet”.
The outside walls were painted by Christina and were inspired by a traditional Mexican ceremonial dress which symbolizes the earth and sky. The piece was customized to fit in with the child friendly nature of the creche.
Look through the gate on the left of Christina and Mariana's work. Can you see a mural of a Rhino on the back wall of the creche? It was painted with the education of the youth in mind. The intent of this piece is to highlight the importance of protecting animals. The mural is about the massive problem of Rhino poaching and was created with the aid of the kids attending the creche.
Okay, let's make our way to the next mural.
Keep going in the same direction. Turn left at the corner up ahead and continue walking.
I'll tell you more about the plight of the Rhino on the way.
Rhino horn is one of the most sought after products on the global black market. Its price exceeds that of gold. It's said that an average of three rhinos are killed by poachers every day.
Illegal trade is the biggest threat to the rhino and has driven some species such as the northern white rhino to the brink of extinction.
Sudan, the last male Northern White rhino, was facing his last days during the IPAF festival. The death of Sudan, who was being safe guarded in the Ol Pejeta reserve in Kenya, made headlines on the 19th of March 2018. It's now believed that the only way for the species to be revived is with science and human intervention. The future of this species now lies in artificially assisted reproduction and in vitro fertilisation techniques.
If you're still outside the creche, just head to the next corner, turn left and keep going.