Art for the great apes

June 9, 2022
Artist creating reproduction of Tete D'Orang-Outan
Artist creating reproduction of Tete D'Orang-Outan

The non-profit organisation Art for Preventable Extinction (APE) has joined forces with internationally renowned French porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud to create 499 limited-edition reproductions of “Tete D’Orang-Outan” by renowned French sculptor Francois Pompon – with proceeds going to WWF.


Originally created in plaster in 1930, Tete D’Orang-Outan represents the only time Pompon worked with a primate, when his aim was to explore the very essence of the animal.


“Art for Preventable Extinction aims to create exquisite works of art, such as this reproduction in porcelain, for the benefit of saving our environment and the species of animals that share our planet”, said a representative for APE. “By buying this work, people will be directly supporting WWF and supporting critically endangered species like the Bornean orangutan.”


With original works by Pompon exhibited in some of Europe’s most prestigious galleries such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the opportunity to purchase his iconic sculptures is incredibly rare. Bernardaud’s new creation will finally enable Pompon’s admirers to own a very special reproduction – and in doing so, contribute to the incredible work WWF undertakes across the world to ensure future generations have a world with thriving habitats and species. This includes Bornean orangutans and mountain gorillas and the wild places in which they live. There are only around 104,700 Bornean orangutans left in the wild and WWF is helping to protect and restore their habitat in collaboration with partners including government, private sector, businesses and local communities. 


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