Reina was created for Jungle City, a charitable event of major conservation impact. The event, launched in Edinburgh, celebrated the magnificence of Asia’s endangered wildlife, generating mass awareness of their plight and making everyone smile at the same time. Purchased by Apex Hotels at a charity auction to represent our commitment to building a sustainable future and minimising our impact on the environment, she is now the newest resident at the Apex London Wall Hotel at Moorgate, London.
We met the artist who designed her, Christine Clark, to find out more ...
How did you get involved in the Jungle City Project?
I contacted Jungle City with some examples of my work and they were delighted to have me on board as one of the artists. As the exhibition was in Edinburgh they were keen to have local artist on board.
What was the inspiration behind Reina?
Hornbills are extremely protective over their family and habitat and the male looks after the egg. Reina is named after my grandmother, the protector in our family and my design is a magical, figurative narrative exploring the idea of love and protection.
How long did the design take to complete?
About 3 weeks, painting most days to get her complete on time!
What are your thoughts on where she ended up?
I did imagine her in a luscious garden somewhere but I am very happy that Reina can be enjoyed by different members of the public in such a central London location.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am exhibiting at Audrey Marty Gallery in St Malo, France and working on several pieces for the exhibition. I also regularly exhibit works with scotlandart.com in Glasgow.