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Street artist Louis Masai calls for action to save endangered species in new exhibition

Press View: Thursday 24May – RSVP to abigail@damsonpr.com

Location: The Crypt Gallery, Euston Exhibition runs from Friday 25 May to Sunday 27May 2018

Private View: Thursday 24 May, 18.00 – 21.00. Please RSVP to rsvp@damsonpr.com.

Press contact details: Damson PR Abigail Stuart-

abigail@damsonpr.com or 020 7812 0645 or 07855526550

In his latest exhibition, Missing, intrepid artist and environmentalist Louis Masai tackles topical endangerment issues, calling for action in a moment of global crisis. Works in the show include a specially created animatronic penguin built with a robotics specialist and three distinct bee sculptures, in bronze and in clear resin casts filled with dead bees and pesticides.

Missing depicts 20 endangered species across the world and specifically ties them to their native regions. From the South African penguin to the humble bumble bee at risk on our very soil, the exhibition features brand new sculptures, installations and paintings,some of which recreate site-specific large-scale murals Masai has created worldwide, including the Red Panda mural in Shanghai and the Mountain Tapir in Ecuador

The species exhibited will be: Eurasian Otter, Tasmanian Devil, Asian Houbara Bustard, Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat, Arabian Leopard, Southern White Rhino, European Mink, Mountain Tapir, Black Faced Spider Monkey, African Penguin, Walrus, Maned Wolf, Red Panda, Hawksbill Turtle, Philippine Eagle, Polar Bear, African Elephant, Chinese Pangolin. The show will also largely focus on the plight of the Bumble Bee, which features in Masai’s paintings as an agent of survival, stitching up the precarious patchwork animals.

Missing will tie each represented species to an organisation specifically invested in protecting that species, giving its audience the tools to take matters into their own hands. Masai will highlight the work of: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Life Lutre Spain, Wombat Foundation, Tassie Devil, Elephants For Africa, Sea Turtle Foundation, UK Wild Otter Trust, Houbara Fund, Yemeni Leopard, Candis, Pangolin SG, SANCCOB, Red Panda Network, Save The Rhino, Philippine Eagle Foundation, Global Wildlife, Defenders. Each audience member will be given postcards to bring home, containing further information on the conditions of the endangered species represented in the show and prompts on how to take action.

Speaking about the exhibition, Masai says:

"Climate change is in full effect, with one of the major factors being the '6th Mass Extinction'. Species are becoming extinct or missing in our biodiverse world. This is a real issue that we face as humans, and as an artist, I feel it’s my duty to draw attention to this issue. Through my work I hope to remind people of the urgency we face, highlighting our place amongst creatures who are a critical part of our delicate ecosystem”.

Missing will be in The Crypt Gallery, Euston. The exhibition will run from Friday 25th May to Sunday 27th May 2018.

Private View: Thursday 24th May, 18.00 – 21.00. Please RSVP to rsvp@damsonpr.com.