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The Preservator
The Preservator
CarlvanHeerden


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Composite II (ARCHIVAL) (Extended Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-80D
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
Location: Pretoria
Date: Dec 17, 2016
Date Uploaded: May 17, 2020

Dubbed the the Preservator, the figure has been planted overnight at the Fort Klapperkop Heritage site in Pretoria East, South Africa and was placed on an illegal dumping site.

It depicts a rhino-like figure on two legs, featuring a bird on its hand.

Its origin was a mystery and its significance was open to interpretation.

The Oxpecker-shaped bird on its hand was seen by many as a guardian of the rhino. African rhino and African Oxpeckers share a symbiotic relationship that was once confidently described as mutualistic, but recent research indicates that the relationship is more complex. The two animals are not entirely equal partners, with the relationship tipped in favour of the bird. The Oxpecker is the rhino’s guardian.

The sculptor is the South African actor, director and producer, Francois Coertze. Coertze said he made the Presevator in 2011 to document his emotions after he learnt of how a rhino, Absa, was found dead three days after being killed by poachers.

Coertze later replaced Preservator with two dancing elephants. Coertze said his elephants were dancing to celebrate the death of poachers.

I came across this sculpture while making photographs in the are and had no idea what the meaning or origin of the sculpture was. It was a striking sculpture that overlooked the city from a nearby hill. I tried to interpret my feeling and view at the time in this photograph.



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AuthorThread
05/27/2020 12:13:23 PM
I really like this.

Well done.

Thanks also for the story!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/26/2020 08:55:23 PM
Nicely done.
05/21/2020 03:35:44 PM
Wow. Impressive!
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