To The Bone is an art initiative by the South African based artist, Sonny, which aims to raise funds and awareness for endangered wildlife before it’s too late. With a true passion for wildlife, Sonny believes that the wellbeing of animals is intricately tied to our own ability to thrive. That’s why he’s spent the past year creating a new body of artwork to highlight the extinction crisis we’re currently facing.
By embarking on a world art tour to exhibit his work and paint large-scale murals in as many locations as possible, Sonny aims to highlight this critical issue that has a profound impact on us all.
Sonny kicked off the project with his new lion mural in Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York, with a 7m x 10m Outdoor Mural.
Lions have been celebrated throughout history for their courage and strength. They once roamed most of Africa and parts of Asia and Europe. Today they are found only in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, except for one very small population of Asian lions that survives in India’s Gir Forest.
Lions are classified as vulnerable, meaning they are at a high risk of extinction in the wild on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. A list widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species.
The mural schedule Sonny currently has planned includes a Lion (New York), Bear (Cambridge as part of the Cambridge Street Art Festival, Canada), a Tiger, Russia (Vladivostok, as part of VROX festival and arranged by IFAW), an Elephant, India (Delhi, arranged by IFAW).
Sonny also plans on painting a mural in London prior to his exhibition (details to be confirmed).
Photo Credit our good friend @Just_a_spectator