Stand Tall for Giraffes

The Details

Name: Stand Tall for Giraffes

Location: Calton Hill

Created By: Loïs Cordelia

Sponsor: The Glenmorangie Company

Design Inspiration

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is a leading international charity dedicated to giraffe conservation and management in the wild. GCF currently work in 16 African countries including Uganda, home to more than half of the world’s Nubian giraffes. Numbers dropped by almost 90% from 1960 to the 1990s, and giraffes became extinct in large parts of the country due to civil unrest, habitat loss and disease. Today, Uganda has established numerous national parks and conservation areas, and the Nubian giraffe population is slowly recovering. This design celebrates giraffes in the wild in Uganda, and the pioneering conservation efforts of the GCF. The orange colour represents beautiful Ugandan sunsets and the patterns on the ossicones and tail are adapted from authentic Ugandan fabrics, reflecting the vibrant colours of Uganda. The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland works with GCF for the protection of the species.

This project and sculpture are proudly sponsored by The Glenmorangie Company.

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Loïs Cordelia

Loïs Cordelia is a community artist, speed-painter and tutor, based in Ipswich. Before the pandemic, she used to create most of her artwork live in public. Since lockdown, she has focussed instead on presenting art demonstrations and tutorials via her YouTube channel. She welcomes commissions. Her work has featured in numerous public art trails across the UK. Lois studied Arabic at the University of Edinburgh.

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