June and July shall now be known as the ‘months of monumental exhibitions’ with Lightscape and Strange Festival on the horizon, and now, Wild About Babies – one of the world’s largest public sculpture projects.
The free exhibition shines a light on endangered animals, and aims to raise awareness about the growing, widespread issue.
Wild About Babies features 21 bronze sculptures of endangered species from near and far, created by powerhouse artists Gillie and Marc.
Roam the Perth Cultural Centre and outdoor precinct of the WA Museum Boola Bardip and discover a great eastern lowlands gorilla – a mother and universal protector – along with 20 life-sized baby animal sculptures.
Spot the Bengal tiger, giraffe, African elephant, white rhino, polar bear, giant panda, hippo, Grevy’s zebra, rock wallaby, arctic fox, Javan rhino, giant tortoise, and Marsican brown bear – to name a few.
Crafted with incredible detail, the collection delves into the importance of conservation, research and support needed to protect endangered species.
Culture and the Arts Minister, David Templeman, says, “The Wild About Babies exhibit will encourage learning and a greater understanding about conservation.
“The plight of these endangered animals is an incredibly important story to share and I encourage everyone to visit the display.
“Not only is the WA Museum a cultural hub, it’s also a leading scientific institution, making significant contributions to biodiversity, geodiversity and environmental management across Australia and beyond.”
If you can’t make it to the Perth Cultural Centre throughout the day, never fear – each evening from sunset, immerse yourself in a series of sights, sounds, and colour at the Wild About Babies-inspired projections at the Old Goal within the WA Museum Boola Bardip.
The Wild About Babies exhibition is on display now until Sunday 3 September 2023 at the Perth Cultural Centre, before moving to its permanent home at Perth Zoo south of the river.
Download the Wild About Babies map and guide here.