Rhine, DD Museum, 2017
The Rhino sculpture, located in the heart of DD Museum, is 5m x 5m in size, weighs around 3 tons, and is made entirely of wood. Like the animal it represents, this enormous structure has had a strange fate. Rhinos are solitary animals that never live in herds. They travel alone and don’t have any natural predators except for human beings who hunt them for their beautiful horns. And the horn of this sculpture has suffered a similar lot.
After the completion of the sculpture, due to its height, its horn had to be cut off in order to move it into the Museum. It seems that for rhinos having their horns cut off is a fate they cannot escape. Once it was transported inside the Museum, the artist decided to use a metal rod to reattach the horn to the rest of the body in a way that would reveal traces of its removal by.
The cube on top of the rhino’s horn represents the world and is reminiscent of the Farsi saying, “The world revolves upon its horn”. Even though the world seems to revolve upon this rhino’s horn, it is also the world that caused its horn to break off. The position of the cube upon the horn is such that it seems as if the rhino has unwantedly been trapped in a situation that will ultimately lead to its demise.