The Eternity of Remarkable Species

A collection raising awareness of the fragility of the worlds endangered species

For our ‘Eternity of Remarkable Species‘ collection of bronze sculptures, we source species, such as the Western Lowland Gorilla, that are endangered or threatened by human impact. We want to put these species in a shining spotlight to raise awareness of their vulnerability, and beauty, at the same time.

We have been creating bronze sculptures for some time now, but our designs have always been inspired by animalesque features. We decided to explore this affinity of ours by creating a collection that is very true to ourselves, a collection raising awareness of the fragility of the worlds endangered species.

With this collection that we call the ‘Eternity of Remarkable Species’, we capture timeless species that are facing extinction in the form of bronze sculptures. The astonishing fleeting beauty of these endangered animals is solidified into a static, eternal state of bronze, welded at over 2000 degrees Celsius.

We would like to donate a percentage of our proceeds to NGOs or corporations working to preserve the species of this collection. Feel free to drop us a message if you have any recommendations.

The Sumatran Tiger

The Sumatran Tiger is one of the many Tigers that are threatened by human impact. They are critically endangered, with less than 400 surviving in small patches of Sumatra today.

A large factor that contributes to the critical status of this species is the unsustainable demand for natural resources created by the fastest growing human population of Indonesia. This, in addition to a government initiative to increase tree-crop plantations such as palm oil and acacia plantations, as well as high-intensity commercial logging, ultimately promoting forest fires, all contribute to a decrease in the population. Illegal trade in Tiger parts also contributes to their critically endangered status.

Bronze Sumatran Tiger Skull
Bronze Gharial Skull Sooka Interior

The Gharial Crocodile

The Gharial is a fish-eating crocodile, native to sandy freshwater river banks in the plains of the Northern Indian subcontinent. Today, its distribution is limited to only 2% of what it used to be. The animal is hunted for medicinal medicine, its habitat is degraded and its prey is decreasing.

In light to raise awareness of this incredible, yet endangered creature, the Gharial is our newest addition to our Eternity of Rermarkable Species collection.

Since bronze is a very labour- and eco- intensive raw material, our Gharial is made from upcycled bronze pipelines. Repurposing this existing material saves large amounts of Co2 emmissions.

The Western
Lowland Gorilla

The Western Lowland Gorilla is named after the lowland swamps and forests that it inhabits in Central Africa. Once roaming free in a natural habitat, there are many threats to this species that put its existence in danger.

Among other things, they are hunted illegally for their meat and skins, captured to be sold off to zoos and the young sold as pets. This puts this species at risk.

And as our global population increases, so does our demand for crops, livestock and Timber. In return, the natural habitat of the Western Lowland Gorilla decreases, too. This has forced Gorilla’s to excavate beyond their natural habitat and raid crops, making that they are currently seen as a ‘pest’ to the landowners.

Of all Western Gorilla species, the Lowland Gorilla is the smallest of the four Gorilla subspecies. And while it might be small, its impact is tremendous. What many of us don’t realise is that the exctinction of Gorilla’s will affect us, too. The reason for this is that Gorilla’s disperse seeds. Their carrying of seeds from one area to another is a valuable trait that is beneficial to countless animals in the forest. This means that without gorilla’s to disperse the seeds needed, not only will the gorilla’s become extinct, but so will many other animals. This could destroy entire ecosystems in the long run.

Western Lowland Gorilla Bronze Sculpture Sooka
Bronze Hornbill Sooka Interior

The Great Hornbill

The Great Hornbill is called homrai in Nepal (hence the name of the Himalayan subspecies) and banrao, both meaning “king of the forest“. It is called “Vezhaambal” in Malayalam.

The Great Hornbill is a magical bird, the largest of the Hornbill species. It inhabits the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Unfortuantely, habitat loss and hunting in some areas, have made that the great hornbill is evaluated as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species

Whilst we have great respect for tribes, there are some traditional beliefs that actually threaten the birds existence. The flesh is believed to have medicinal properties and the young birds are considered a delicacy. Tribesmen in parts of northeastern India and Borneo use the feathers for head-dresses, and the skulls are often worn as decorations.

The Mako Shark

It is widely known that sharks are hunted by the worlds largest predator: humans. Our decisions these last few decades have made that sharks populations are becoming more vulnerable as the moments pass by. The Mako Shark is just symbolic for the many sharks that are impacted on a daily basis.

But since the Mako Shark is one of the fastest sharks in the ocean, it is also one of the most sought after shark to hunt among trophy fishermen. With our polished bronze jaw, we want to show that the shark is just as majestic and impactful in the form of a bronze sculpture as caught on a fishing hook.

Bronze Mako Shark Sooka Interior
Saltwater Crocodile Skull Sooka Interior

The Saltwater Crocodile

The Saltwater Crocodile may not be the a vulnerable crocodile species, but it is symbolic for the many Crocodile species that are vulnerable or threatened on the IUCN Red List. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Chinese and Philippine crocodiles. With less than 100 adults in the wild, the most endangered crocodile in the world is the Philippine crocodile.

There is no one direct cause for the decline of crocodilian populations around the world. Depending on the species, there are some common factors that have had an effect on wild populations. These factors are: habitat destruction, hunting for skins to produce luxury design bags, hunting for meat, disfunctional human interaction and even competition between species living in the same habitats.

The Saltwater Crocodile is the largest of the crocodile species, capable of reaching up to 7 meters in length. Its power and solid state are undefeatable. We like to appreciate its beauty from a stunning static state of polished bronze instead.

The Eternity
of Remarkable Species

We have been creating bronze sculptures for some time now, but our designs have always been inspired by animalesque features. We decided to explore this affinity of ours by creating a collection that is very true to ourselves, a collection raising awareness of the fragility of the worlds endangered species.

With this collection that we call the ‘Eternity of Remarkable Species’, we capture timeless species that are facing extinction in the form of bronze sculptures. The astonishing fleeting beauty of these endangered animals is solidified into a static, eternal state of bronze, welded at over 2000 degrees Celsius.

Why? The reason we decided to create this collection can be pinpointed down to our travels. We travel to places where we come into contact with endangered species and the local communities that try to protect them. We listen to the stories of these people and see these animals in person. This makes us very aware of the direct affect mankind has on the environment and the animals that inhabit it. With our work we hope to create awareness of the fragility of the worlds animal species in a changing global climate.

Over the next few years we will expand our Eternity collection. With this collection, we aim to contribute to preserving the animal species that inhabit the Indonesian Archipelago and environments beyond.

We would like to donate a percentage of our proceeds from this collection to an NGO or corporation working to preserve the Sumatran Tiger and Western Lowland Gorilla. Feel free to drop us a message if you have any recommendations.

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