Internationally renowned street artist brings his world mural tour to London to highlight plight of endangered wildlife

Internationally renowned street artist brings his world mural tour to London to
Tuesday, 5 September, 2017

Who: ‘Sonny’ – South African (British-born) street artist with a global following uses his dramatic style of street art to create eye-catching murals depicting endangered wildlife and brings his ‘To The Bone’ tour to London in the next seven days.

What/Why: Organised jointly with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the tour aims to draw attention to the destruction and extinction of rare animals, while raising funds and awareness of animal welfare and conservation. The UK wall mural will feature a rhino and child and will be the first one of Sonny’s ‘To The Bone’ paintings to incorporate a human element.

Where: Across a huge wall on the corner of Fell Road and High Street, 87-89 High Street, Croydon CR0 1QF.

When: The mural will commence on Tuesday 5th September and will be completed between 8-10 September, depending on weather conditions. The recommended day for photographs and filming will be when the mural is part-way complete, which is likely to be 7-8 September and on completion 8-10 September (contact for updates).

Sonny said: “I’m really excited to be bringing my project to London, especially as I have never painted here before despite being born in the UK. In big cities, where wildlife is not usually top of mind, it’s easy to forget about the extinction crisis we’re facing. That’s why I’m bringing my wild animals into the city for all to see.”

IFAW UK Director Philip Mansbridge said: “IFAW is delighted to be working with Sonny to highlight the critical plight of some of our most endangered wildlife. Sonny’s stunning murals are a great way to make us stop and think about some of our most iconic species and what we can do to protect them.”

As part of the tour, Sonny, who grew up and lives in South Africa, has already completed stunning and highly acclaimed murals in South Africa (Johannesburg) United States (New York), Canada (Toronto), Russia (Vladivostok) and Ireland (Waterford), and after the London mural, his next planned works will be in India, Mexico and Uganda. A short film about Sonny, his work and the project has already amassed over 700,000 views online.

Prior to the mural tour, Sonny spent over a year in the studio painting canvas works for the series. Each of these paintings features an endangered species such as the gorilla, rhino, elephant and lion and shows the animals’ faces breaking away to reveal the raw skeletons underneath, symbolic of how these beautiful creatures are quickly fading away. Tribal patterns from the animals’ country of origin adorn the exposed bones, driving home the message that in losing them we are losing a part of our heritage too.

The project is due to culminate in an exhibition in London/New York early in 2018.


See more on Sonny’s work here -

About IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare)

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