Tomorrow's Tigers is the new fundraising project organized by Artwise for WWF. The project aims to raise awareness and funds in support of the Tx2 goal – a global commitment to double tiger population in the wild by 2022. 10 internationally-renowned artists are taking part in “Tomorrow’s Tigers” by creating unique art rugs inspired by traditional Tibetan rugs.
An alarming observation
95% of wild tigers have disappeared in the last century
In the early twentieth century, the wild tigers population was estimated at around 100,000 by experts. In 2010, the global population had decreased by over 95%, with approximately 3,900 tigers remaining in the wild, due to poaching as well as their habitat destruction. To avoid the total extinction of the species, WWF reacts by creating the Tx2 goal. The 13 "tiger range countries" - Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Bhutan, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, China, Malaysia, Russia, Nepal and Myanmar - committed from 2010 to double the number of wild tigers on their territory before 2022, the next Chinese year of the tiger.
The Tomorrow’s Tigers operation
Wishing to support Tx2 funding, ten international artists have responded to Artwise's call, the London Artwork Curators' collective, at the initiative of Tomorrow's Tigers: Italian painter Francesco Clemente, Indian visual artist Reena Saini Kallat, Chinese-American architect Maya Lin, Indian-born and London-based artist Raqib Shaw, English painter Rose Wylie, French contemporary artist Bernard Frize, British painter Gary Hume, Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor, English writer Harland Miller and feminist artist Kiki Smith.
Inspired by the legendary Tibetan Tiger rugs, each artist designed an original rug model illustrating his/her own vision of the feline's fate in the nature. Like antique rugs, originally made to protect the monks during the meditation, these revisited versions range from the most abstract to the most detailed, paying tribute to the beauty of the wild tiger.
Unique and eco-responsible rugs
Created from the artists' designs, these art rugs were made in northen India by rug specialist Christopher Farr and his team of master craftsmen. Each rug has been produced in only ten copies, in accordance with ancestral manual techniques. By using quality wool from the local market and - as much as possible - natural dyes, these carpets are respectful of nature in addition to being true works of art.
The signed and dated art rugs from the operation "Tomorrow's Tiger" were exhibited from January 29 to February 4 in London's Sotheby Gallery, along with nine authentic 19th century Tibetan carpets (among which 5 are currently offered for sale). The Artwise curated rugs are currently available for purchase online, between £ 10,000 and £ 25,000 with the goal of raising £ 1 million for the Tx2 project.