Hati: Illustrated Orangutan Sculpture for Jungle City

This is Hati, my orangutan for the Sumatran Orangutan Society, a conservation partner of Jungle City, a large outdoor exhibition in Edinburgh in 2011 organised by Elephant Family

Jungle City featured 130 life size sculptures of some of the planet’s most endangered species. Sculptures of orangutans, elephants, tigers, crocodiles and hornbills graced Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens from mid-August before being unleashed onto the streets of Edinburgh throughout September. The event co-incided with the infamous Fringe Festival.

Open-top safari jeeps were on hand to help visitors spot the wildlife. The sculptures were auctioned online and at a live event at the National Museum of Scotland.

Hati (which means ‘heart’ in the Indonesian language) is a celebration of the wonderful wildlife found within the jungles of Sumatra. S.O.S and I thought this name was appropriate as orangutans are in many ways the heart of their jungle habitat, playing a vital role in the ecosystem and biodiversity. Hati also means ‘use your heart to do/decide something good’.

All of the species featured on Hati are native to Sumatra, including: Sumatran Tiger, Hornbill, Rufous-collard Kingfisher, Sumatran Pit Viper, Greater Slow Loris, Blue Webbed Frog, Saturn Butterfly, Rajah Brookes Birdwing Butterfly, Yellow and Blue Ring Dragonfly, Long Horned beetle, Giant Centipede, Ants, Carniverous Plant and Fly, Rafflesia Flower, Wild Orchid, Lily, Wild Ginger Flower, Bamboo Leaves, Mango Leaves, Palm Leaves, and Pandan Plant. Can you spot them all?

Hati is kindly sponsored by ethical clothing brand Komodo.

Farrow & Ball provided eco-friendly paints for participating artists. The paints have significantly less solvent in them compared with other brands and over 90% of paint within the Farrow & Ball range is classified as having either a low, minimal or zero VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content. Farrow & Ball have been recognised for their environmental efforts throughout their manufacturing process and were awarded the ISO 14001:2004 certification.


Client: Elephant Family / Sumatran Orangutan Society
Date: July 19, 2011
Service: Illustration, Painting