The Rhino Projekt
A Collaboration of Art and Design to Benefit African Wildlife
Our RADIKL® pant was inspired by
rhino's thick and thin armor plated skin, which acts as
protection while enhancing flexibility and freedom to
Experience the comfort of a sweatpant,
with the durability of a workpant.
KÜHL® hosted a benefit for African wildlife in the heart of the Sundance Film Festival at our flagship store in Park City, Utah.
KÜHL® teamed up with Expedition Art, and brought to Park City some of the most creative and talented artists in the world. You know them as the creators behind some of the big screen’s most beloved- and feared- characters, from Space Jam’s Bugs Bunny to Star Wars’ Darth Maul. Artists included Aaron Blaise, Manny Carrasco, Thierry Doizon, David Levy, Iain McCaig, Kristy Tipton and Terryl Whitlatch. Each artist created an African wildlife-themed, limited edition piece, which was available for purchase. All proceeds went to the Rhino Projekt.
We are passionate about protecting the areas where we all work and play, and helping others do the same. We take an active role to support the health of our community and the beautiful open spaces and wildlife that bring everyone joy. Our KÜHL® products and behind-the-scenes financial donations help promote awareness and fuel the organizations making a difference in its home on the Wasatch Front in Utah and around the world.
These are the prints that were displayed at the show.
Limited edition prints of 10.
Contact our Park City Flagship Store at 380-280-6504 for availability.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Manny Carrasco (aka MANu) has been drawing and painting professionally for over 20 years, specializing in traditional illustration, storyboarding, painting, 2D animation, digital painting and 3D animation. He has worked in the advertising, toy, videogame and film industries, with film and animation credits for Space Jam, Anastasia, Prince of Egypt, The Flintstones, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Manny's clients include Reel FX, DreamWorks, Fox Feature, Richard Rich Studios, Warner Brothers, Nickelodeon, Sony, Acclaim Entertainment, NCSOFT, Edge of Reality, Ubisoft and Zynga.
As a Master Falconer, Manny has focused a substantial amount of his work on his love of falconry and birds of prey. He is the president and co-founder of Expedition Art, which recently completed its 2016 RhinoAware project, partnering with the veterinary group AWARE Trust in Zimbabwe on a rhino conservation. You can learn more at www.mannycarrasco.com.
David Levy is a leading international concept artist, studied industrial design and architecture in France and the Netherlands, respectively, and is currently working in Los Angeles, California as production designer in the movie and videogame respectively, and is currently working in Los Angeles, California as production designer in the movie and videogame industries. He has contributed to numerous video game titles such as Prince of Persia 3 and Assassin's Creed, both at Ubisoft in Montreal. David has also worked on several major motion pictures, including Tron Legacy, The Thing, Prometheus, and Ender's Game. His interests and unique skills in video gaming, film and industrial design make him a sought-after expert by clients, such as, Disney, Scott Free, 20th Century Fox, Oddlot Entertainment, Electronic Arts, NCSoft, Ubisoft, Reel FX, Edge of Reality, Spacetime, Bluepoint Games and Universal. You can learn more at www.vyle-art.com.
Kristy graduated with a degree in Fine Art and visual communication from the University of Texas in Austin. She has spent 20 years leading creative teams on video game & film projects for the entertainment industry. Most recently, she has been working for Ugh-tech clients including DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), overseeing teams working on advanced and emerging technology projects. In addition, she consults with the Cubic Global Innovation team to promote creative problem-solving, team building and rapid-prototyping of new products through technology incubator events across the world. She is responsible for all Cubic Innovation media projects, including a multi-year partnership with the celebrated Tiburon Media group. Kristy is the co-founder of Expedition Art, a nonprofit organization for artists to help raise money for wildlife and conservation through art. She recently worked in Zimbabwe with veterinary group AWARE (Animal and Wildlife Area Research and Rehabilitation) on rhino conservation. Her award-winning photographs are being used for education and awareness on the benefits of dehorning initiatives to detour poaching activities.
Aaron Blaise studied at the Ringling College of Art, and started his professional career at Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he spent 21 years helping to create some of the greatest animated films ever made. He has been an animator or supervising animator on The Rescuers Down Under, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, and was co-director on Brother Bear, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. Aaron recently served as 2D Animation Supervisor and Character Designer for the "The Bear and the Hare", an advertisement loved by millions around the world. He also set a Kickstarter record for funding the first animated feature film via the crowd-funding platform. Art Story is currently in development. Aaron also teaches animation and painting through his website and very popular YouTube channel. You can learn more at creatureartteacher.com.
Terryl Whitlatch studied illustration at the California College of Arts and the Academy of Art University and has been working professionally for over 25 years. She has worked with many major studios and effects houses as a highly sought after creature and concept designer. Her clients include, Industrial Light and Magic, Lucasfilm Ltd., Pixar, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Walt Disney lmagineering, Electronic Arts, PDI, Entertainment Arts, LucasArts, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, Chronicle Books, Design Studio Press, Titan Books, and various zoos and natural history museums. Terryl was the principal creature designer for Star Wars - the Phantom Menace. She designed most of the alien characters and creatures, from concept to fully realized anatomies and stylizations. Some of the significant characters include Jar-Jar Bin, Sebulba, the pod racers, the undersea monsters of Naboo, and the Naboo Swamp creatures. She also worked closely with George Lucas in the redesign of such pre-existing characters as Jabba the Hutt and the dewbacks.