Tabita W Harvey

Tabita is an artist and paper-crafter. Born and raised in Denmark, she has been living and working in Scotland for over a decade, first in Ayrshire where she studied Digital Art and now in Edinburgh. She likes to do a variety of things from photography and painting to pen doodles and paper art. Giraffes have been her favourite animal ever since she was licked in the face by one on a trip to the zoo when aged just two years, so she is delighted to be part of Giraffe About Town, her first art trail.

Tabita’s first sculpture on our trail is a representation of a Scottish wildflower meadow and includes native flowers such as thistles, poppies and cornflowers, as well as bees and butterflies. Meadow habitats are biodiverse and important for our ecosystem with native wildflowers supporting insects and animals. But these environments are under threat – with 97% of British wildflower meadows lost over the last 75 years. We often tend to picture larger animals when we think of conservation and can forget the vital role played by the smallest creatures and plants. Tabita’s design uses the canvas of the giraffe to remind us that the little and less famous things are needed for the big things to thrive. Tabita hopes it will also make people think of the actions they can take to conserve, protect and restore native habitats, flora and fauna on our doorstep.

Her second sculpture, at first glance or when viewed from a distance, may look like a regular giraffe. But when looked at more closely, it is clear that the patches are in fact foot and paw prints. The markings are representations of the foot and paw prints from a selection of species of animals that live at Edinburgh Zoo. From poison dart frogs to giant pandas, Tabita chose them to represent the diversity of the animal kingdom. The prints on a giraffe are as unique as our fingerprints, and in looking at this giraffe we begin to see the variety and complexity of nature in our world. Tabita hopes this giraffe will help people to think of the role each of us can play to conserve our planet, and to think of the footprints that we will leave on the future.

Tabita Harvey painting Keeping Native Biodiversity is a Tall Order
Giraffe About Town