TRAVEL WITH LOVE
By Gillie and Marc
A life-changing art project that will unite the world together
A SAD STORY
Tensions and instability between borders are rising, with the world being increasingly clouded by fear and discrimination. The trend towards open and friendly multi-culturalism took a big hit in 2017, with an increase in travel advisories and groups of people being barred from certain countries. It’s an incredibly sad and frightening time.
Discrimination based on religion, race, and national origin is at an all-time high, causing many to worry about the safety of leaving their homes.
Barriers are being used to divide us. The global rise in nationalism has led people to feel they can no longer travel places where they once felt joy.
It seems the world is forgetting that, as humans, we’re all the same.
We’re all in this together.
A HAPPY ENDING: TRAVEL WITH LOVE
Travel with Love is a global public art project by Gillie and Marc that’s re-uniting the world. In the face of closing borders, it stands for keeping minds open and love flowing.
Major cities have already come on board, including New York City, London, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. The project was officially kicked off in New York City earlier this year, with an installation of the larger-than-life Paparazzi Dogman and Paparazzi Rabbitgirl on Avenue of the Americas. (Click here to learn more: https://www.rockefellergroup.com/2017/08/07/spottedonsixth-renowned-contemporary-artists-gillie-and-marc-launch-global-tour-at-1221-avenue-of-the-americas/)
Gillie and Marc are creating site-specific bronze sculptures featuring their iconic characters for leading venues across the world. When people see the familiar Rabbitgirl and Dogman in a city, they’ll know that they’re welcome there.
As unlikely animal kingdom companions, the Rabbit and the Dog represent diversity and togetherness. Without a definitive race, religion, or culture, they symbolize all people as one.
In response to the worldwide plight of refugees and immigrants, as well as changing border control policies, Gillie and Marc’s Travel with Love has been created to stand for global unity. Connected by the project, each visitor (traveller and resident alike) will feel like next door neighbours.
Understanding the significance of the beloved hybrid duo, those who come across them will know that the hosting location believes in peace, harmony, and progress.