This giraffe’s design depicts a large number of our beloved and most recognisable Scottish species – so many of which we might not realise are at risk or even at the brink of extinction. Adriana brings together the playful otter, sweet red squirrels, the elusive capercaillie, the famously endangered Scottish wildcat, our gardener’s friend the hedgehog, amongst so many others, into a whimsical forest scene, where these animals peacefully coexist under the moonlight. By bringing this sculpture into the space of the city, Adriana hopes that the public can have fun finding and identifying all the painted animals they can spot, while reflecting on how beautiful, fragile and precious they are, conveying a message of conservation.
Adriana is a professional artist who was born in Portugal and currently lives in Edinburgh. Inspired by the beauty of Scotland’s fauna and flora, she portrays forest creatures, birds and, occasionally, more exotic species too – selling not only her original artwork (mostly made with oil paint or ink and watercolour), but also an affordable range of prints and merchandise inspired by her wildlife illustrations. Her motto is to bring the woodlands into people’s homes, and to connect them with natures most singular creatures. She is also a busy portrait artist and has portrayed numerous pets of all kinds – and, occasionally, some humans too!