Making Louis the Great Big Rhino

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When thinking of design ideas for the great big rhino project, I wanted to find out a bit more about the animals themselves and their plight. Researching their habitat I was surprised to learn that Sumatran rhinos live in dense highland and lowland tropical and sub-tropical forests.

‘The species is found now in small populations on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. These scattered populations are mainly confined to Gunung Leuser, Kerinci-Seblat and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Parks. A few are also still living in Kalimantan.’

(Find out more about the Sumatran rhino at

I decided to use the rainforest as the basis of my design, covering Louis with stylized plants and flowers. I painted him in the style of the stained glass lamp designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The glass representing the fragility of the rhinos existence.

Below are photos showing Louis’ development from sketches to finished sculpture.


Initial sketches and the design I submitted.



Painting the sculpture in my studio (garage) in December 2015 – tricky and very cold at times!



Finished Louis in the paper.





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