Solent gets creative for Go! Rhinos campaign

Solent University students from the Solent School of Art and Design have been celebrating the arrival of a life-size landmark rhino statue as part of the county-wide Go! Rhinos campaign.

Matt Jacobs meets Reggie the rhinoTo commemorate its 40th anniversary, Marwell Wildlife is organising the mass public event, bringing rhino art to the streets and parks of Southampton from July to September this year. The herd of statues will showcase the wealth of artistic talent in the local area, while highlighting the significant conservation threat facing wild rhinos.

Solent University is supporting the eco campaign by designing a Go! Rhino with the help of BA (Hons) Illustration student Matt Jacobs. 

Matt spent a week in the window of the University’s Solent Showcase gallery designing and working up his ideas, while passers-by eagerly watched the art installation evolve, he says: “My initial theme was science and physics to mirror the work of my final major Uni project; it has since evolved into a geological exploration of the rhino’s habitat and beyond.

“I’ve focussed on arid land and how water droughts, which devastate vital food sources, impact the rhino population.”

Solent Rhinos Judo Team meet ReggieThe project aims to engender civic pride, stimulate the local art scene and provide a trail around the streets and parks of Southampton, encouraging thousands of people to enjoy the spectacle.

At the end of the campaign each rhino sculpture will be sold at a charity auction, all proceeds going to Marwell’s conservation projects and two community charities.




The statues will be in situ around the city from 13 July-22 September 2013.

Marwell Wildlife has a long-standing commitment to African rhino conservation and will generate valuable funds to help support both this and the many other conservation projects it undertakes in the UK and Africa.

Go! Rhinos is being led by Marwell in partnership with Wild in Art, Business Solent and Southampton City Council. Business Solent will be helping out, as will Wild in Art, who specialise in creating mass, public art events supporting the world’s species. The Rose Road Association is also joining force. Southampton Solent University is pleased to be able to support this visible and environmentally conscious campaign.


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