Benitta Harding : Elvis the Rockin' Rhino

 

Artist

Benitta Harding

Title

Elvis the Rockin' Rhino

Proudly Sponsored By

Parkes City Council

Rhino Sculpture Location

Henry Parkes Visitor Centre
Newell Highway (North), Parkes, NSW

Rhino Inspiration

Parkes, the Elvis Capital of Australia, hosts the annual Elvis Festival in January every year, where over 15,000 Elvis fans rock 'n' roll their way to Parkes to celebrate the life of Elvis Presley. Everyone who moves to Parkes purchases an Elvis suit (some locals have three or four) so when we heard that a Rhino was moving in we thought it was only fitting that he had his own Elvis suit!

Artist statement

Benitta is a self taught artist in Brisbane. From the time she was able to colour with crayons and felt pens she has been creating art. At the age of 8 Benitta got her first pastel set and has been drawing ever since. Benitta works in a variety of mediums (pastel, charcoal, oil and vectov) - see www.benitta.com for more info.

Benitta's art centres around the human figure, with portraits being predominantly part of her work.