National Geographic : 1976 Feb
Six magnificent animal sculptures created exclusively for this limited edition There will be only one edition of The Official African Wildlife Bronzes. Available by advance subscription only. Limit: one subscription per person. Subscription rolls close: February 29, 1976. N THE ENDLESS SUMMER of East Africa's Serengeti Plain, survival belongs to the strong and the swift. To the lion and the antelope. The elephant and the giraffe. The rhinoceros and the cheetah. Since the beginnings of time, the magnificent wild animals of Africa have challenged the imagination of artists. And no artistic medium has proved better suited to capturing the power and grace of these animals than bronze sculpture. The tradition of bronze animal sculpture is one of the great traditions in the history of art one that has come to be increasingly valued in our own time. Now, in this great tradition, The East African Wildlife Society is proud to announce an extraor dinary series of bronzes-created expressly for this limited edition collection by Don Polland, one of the most noted sculptors in the world today. The Official African Wildlife Bronzes To create these sculptures, the artist traveled to Africa so that he could study the animals in their native habitat. Each sculpture is accurate to the most minute detail. Each is a superb original work of art, capturing the wild animal in a moment characteristic of its life in nature. The Lion pauses in mid-motion. His limbs are stretched to the full, the long muscles sharply defined. His teeth are bared, his claws extended, and he is ready to break into the fearsome attack that has made him lord of the plains. The Greater Kudu-a large African antelope with sharp, twisting horns-stands poised for flight, head turned to the wind. The carriage of his head, his flared nostrils, his taut leg muscles - all are captured with remarkable skill. The Elephant is charging, ears out, trunk raised, turning as he comes. His tusks have all the power of his mighty body behind them. You can almost hear him trumpeting his anger. The Giraffe has just heard some distant sound across the plain. He stands tall and attentive, head cocked, ready to break into a run or to defend himself with his powerful legs and hooves. The Rhinoceros stands ready for battle. He fears no other creature. Descendant of the dino saurs, his hide is like armor-plate, and his short legs can carry his bulk with surprising speed. Irritable, near-sighted, he lowers his formidable head with its dreaded horn, which was long thought to have magical properties. The Cheetah-fastest of all animals-seems to flow over the ground. He is captured in a running bound, in the intensity of his pursuit. Each sculpture is completely true to life, sculp tured in superb and authentic detail. The hairs of the elephant's tail, and the markings of his hide . . . the serrations of the kudu's horns ... the extended claws of the lion . . . each fine detail is sculptured with absolute fidelity. Individually hand-cast in bronze Each of these bronze sculptures will be individ ually hand-cast by the ancient "lost wax" (cire perdue) process. This "lost wax" casting tech nique is an art which has been passed from father to son through the generations. It is the same painstaking, time-consuming method that was used by Cellini, by Rodin, by Frederic Remington. After casting, each bronze will be individually finished by hand. This hand-finishing imparts a special, characteristic patina to the bronze sculp ture, and calls for meticulous craftsmanship. Because each bronze will be produced to order, it will take several months to complete the work. Therefore the six sculptures in the complete col lection will be produced and delivered as a series, at the rate of one every three months. A single, strictly limited edition There will be only one edition of The Official African Wildlife Bronzes. The sculptures will be issued solely and exclusively to original sub scribers. No one else will be given the oppor tunity to acquire this collection. The sculptures will not be available individually, and they will not be sold through art galleries or stores. They are available only by direct, advance subscription. The absolute closing date for all subscriptions is February 29, 1976. And there is an absolute limit of one collection per subscriber. The advance subscribers will be the only people in the world to acquire these bronzes at the original issue price. Those who later desire to acquire the collection can only hope to obtain it from one of these original subscribers. The East African Wildlife Society has ap pointed The Franklin Mint, world-renowned for the quality and artistry of its limited edition col lectibles, to direct the creation and production of these sculptures and to service all subscriptions. Because of the extensive handwork involved in the making of these bronze sculptures, The Franklin Mint must reserve the right to limit the number of subscriptions that will be accepted. Therefore, all subscription applications are sub ject to acceptance by The Franklin Mint. The subscription plan The first sculpture in the collection will be com pleted and sent to subscribers approximately eight to ten weeks after subscription rolls close. The remaining five sculptures will be issued thereafter at the rate of one every third month. The official issue price is $120 for each sculp ture, payable in three equal monthly installments of $40 each. Thus, you will be able to acquire this extraor dinary collection of limited edition bronze sculpture on a convenient monthly basis. Please note carefully that this is the first and only time The Official African Wildlife Bronzes will ever be offered. All subscriptions must be postmarked by February 29, 1976, to be eligible for acceptance. The total edition will be perma nently limited to the number of subscriptions postmarked by that date and accepted by The Franklin Mint. Subscription applications will be accepted in order of receipt, and it may be nec essary to close the subscription rolls before Feb ruary 29, 1976. It is therefore suggested that applications be entered promptly.