Where the Wild Things Are

Rhino

Design gets wild with the 10th annual Faces in the Wild auction event, sponsored by Humanscale. The design and manufacturing firm is calling for artwork donations to auction at its New York showroom on October 7. The event will raise funds and awareness for wildlife conservation, with proceeds benefiting the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Artwork must be inspired by non-domesticated wildlife: animals, insects, or scenes from nature. Entries should be crafted from eco-friendly, non-perishable materials in any physical medium. Sculpture, photography, print, and painted works are all accepted but must be easy to transport and display-ready. All artwork must be submitted by September 10. Entry information is available at www.humanscale.com.

The Faces in the Wild event has raised over $340,000 for wildlife protection since its launch in 2000. Past years' entries run the gamut from outlandish to adorable. I particularly liked the silver rhino statue (shown), which manages to make one of nature's ugliest animals look graceful. This is a compelling way to raise money and awareness for the conservation cause. It's also a great chance for creative artists and designers to showcase the faces of the creatures that the auction seeks to protect. Spread the word–I can't wait to see what designers come up with.

–Lillian Civantos

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