Sonny, a British-born South African street artist is back in his hometown to create a new masterpiece after a successful 2018 overseas.
South Africa – Sonny, a South African Street Artist, is creating a conversation with his beautiful work. He started the ‘To The Bone’ project to bring awareness to the abuse of wildlife. The title image of the Elephant is just one of his many pieces that have an important meaning.
He created the elephant to speak out against US President Donald Trump. In the caption for this stunning piece of street art he says,
“So Trump tried to undermine years of conservation efforts to protect our majestic elephants! If he gets away with reversing the ban on bringing hunting “trophies” of these endangered species into the US it will seriously impact elephant populations and reverse so much hard work at such a critical time! Let’s not let this happen!”
Powerful right? But it doesn’t stop there! Sonny has an extensive and global portfolio fighting for a wide range of wildlife icons. Sonny has painted a large Grizzly Bear in Canada, a Lion in New York, a mural on an aeroplane at Lanseria Airport and the giant Elephant in Johannesburg.
He completed his successful “To the Bone” series by donating a large portion of his art sales to
“I donated $15500 (a portion of my art sales) to #ProjectCAT, an initiative by Discovery Inc and World Wildlife Fund that is supporting a global effort to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022 by helping to conserve nearly 2 million acres of protected land in India and Bhutan.”
“When I initially got the idea in my head that I wanted to help make a difference and help protect our wildlife, using my art was the only way I knew how. But I never dreamt that I’d be here today handing over this amount of money after having raised awareness around the world through my murals.
It may not be enough to change the world, but it’s something. Without getting too soppy or cliché, my only hope is that this can inspire ANYONE to believe that you can make a difference. You’ll be surprised by what you can achieve with a set goal and determination!”
Sonny is now home in South Africa and started working on a new piece.
He hasn’t disclosed the location of this piece yet but will post progress pictures as he gets through it.