Dürer's rhino re-imagined for sculpture

Yorkshire Sculpture Park's Nina Rogers comes face to face with a three dimensional rendition of Albrecht Dürer's 1515 woodcut Rhinoceros as it was carefully winched into place yesterday.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 20th July 2016, 4:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:45 pm
FACE TO FACE: Nina Rogers with Raqd Media Collectives rhino. PIC: Simon Hulme
FACE TO FACE: Nina Rogers with Raqd Media Collectives rhino. PIC: Simon Hulme

The fibreglass sculpture was created by Raqs Media Collective in 2011 and has been placed in the garden outside the park’s learning centre.

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German painter, printmaker and theorist Dürer created his famous woodcut to mark the arrival of an Indian rhinoceros in Lisbon – an important event as the mammal had not been seen in Europe for over 1,000 years.

But remarkably he did so without ever having seen a rhino, taking information only from descriptions from others.

Raqs, a collection of New Dehli based artists and writers, re-imagined Dürer’s elaborate creature as a carousel animal.