The biggest 3D street artwork in Riga of which the finalization and opening is planned only later in 2021 has already become a huge hit among the locals. It is in the creative Lastadija quarter, not far from Riga’s central market.
The fox is made of steel, hemp rope and glass. It is the work of a third-year student of The Art Academy of Latvia, Aleksandr Marinoha, with the help of his father sculptor Oļeg Marinoha and more than 100 volunteers who together weaved giant fox fur from thousands of metal wires and hemp cords.
The sculpture “Dzimuši Brīvībai” (Born for freedom) is the first art object in Riga dedicated to the protection of animals. The idea was born in collaboration with the NGO “Dzīvnieku brīvība” (Freedom of animals). The sculpture says that no animal deserves to live in a cage. There is no place for the fur industry in today’s society and it is a call to end fur farming in Latvia. Even if it is forbidden in more than 15 EU countries, it is still legal in Latvia. With this sculpture “Dzīvnieku brīvība” invites everyone to sign the petition against fur farming.
It is planned that the fox will be displayed till 2027. Near it, there is also a donation box where you can support the NGO and its cause.