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As part of a partnership between Wild in Art and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), 42 delightful giraffes have brought color to some of the city’s most iconic spots to raise money for wildlife conservation. wildlife.
The unique art trail will run until August 29 before culminating in a farewell weekend at Edinburgh Zoo in September.
Over the next month, we’ll introduce you to these awesome creatures, their history, and where you can spot them.
Today we present a sculpture titled, Keeping native biodiversity is a big challengewhich is located in Canonmills on Glenogle Road.
This topical sculpture depicts a Scottish wildflower meadow and includes native flowers such as thistles, poppies and cornflowers, as well as bees and butterflies.
Artist Tabita W Harvey designed her giraffe sculpture to highlight a subject close to her heart – the important role grassland habitats play in biodiversity, providing an efficient ecosystem by supporting wildflowers, insects and native animals.
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The Edinburgh-based artist was prompted to raise awareness of these precious environments after learning that 97% of Britain’s wildflower meadows had been lost in the last 75 years.
Tabita, who has lived and worked in Scotland for over a decade, enjoys indulging in a variety of art forms ranging from photography and painting to pen doodles and paper art.
Giraffes have been Tabita’s favorite animal ever since she was licked in the face by one on a trip to the zoo at just two years old, and she’s thrilled to be part of the Giraffe About Town project.
Sponsored by E.ON, this sculpture aims to remind us that smaller, lesser-known natural organisms are necessary for the development of large animals and plant life. The artist said people often tend to imagine larger animals when thinking about conservation and can forget about the vital role played by smaller creatures and plants.
You can download the Giraffe About Town app to help you explore the trail and also have a chance to win prizes.
The app costs 89 pence and the proceeds are donated to the RZSS.