Thursday, May 22, 2014

Artist: Robert Chew

"Big Five" Animal Mech series by Robert Chew
Prints available for purchase from inPRNT & Society6.

B5 (Big Five) is a project by Robert Chew that uses science fiction imagery to address the issue of illegal poaching.  His drones take the shape of local African wildlife and utilize characteristics and traits specific to each.  Profits from the sales of prints will be donated to the The International Anti-Poaching Foundation, an organization with a mission to protect Africa Wildlife.

"Medivulture. Provides aerial recon and basic first aid. Used for spotting poached animals and tracking marked contraband (marked rhino horn and elephant ivory.)"

"Wild Dogs are cheap, light weight, and easy to assemble. Used mostly for recon and scouting purposes, they can also function in offensive roles when operating in large packs. Speed and numbers make up for their general lack of defense and small size. Their low cost and ease of operations has made them popular among poaching organizations. Parts are relatively easy to smuggle and readily available on the black market. After market modifications are commonplace. Typical modifications include teeth swapping, leg reinforcements, modified optics, and tail transmitter replacement."

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