Rafi the flying rhino
Paul Choquette Jr, William Gilbane and Thomas Gilbane (Left to Right)
Dave Zucconi, Robert Gilbane and Sally Gilbane (Left to Right)
Paul Maddock and George Mencott (Top to Bottom)
Left(Top to Bottom:) Jim Bennett, Bobby Gilbane and Tom CookMan Right(Top to Bottom): Sara Gilbane and Barret Hazeltine
Left: Nick Bibbly Right(Left to Right): Victo Ngai, Ann Mencoff and Sam Mencoff
Left (Left to right): Chris Gilbane and Sam Jr. Gilbane Right: Nikki Gilbane
Final piece at the lobby of 275 Thayer Street
Rafi the flying Rhino
I was asked by Robert Gilbane from Gilbane Development Company to create a lobby piece for their new student dormitory - 275 Thayer Street at Providence, Rhode Island. Being a RISD grad who took classes at Brown University, the project was very close to my heart.
I have Rafi the Rhino, mascot of 275 Thayer, flying through the sky with Brown’s historic green on his back. The center of the green has been turned into a football field with players from the 1930’3 and 50’s shown in uniform. Rafi is shown being greeted by a host of Brown alum, friends, professors and students. Rafi’s escort is led by Dean Barrett Hazeltine and Tom Cookman ’72. Standing between Rafi’s ears is Dave Zucconi ’58. The international entourage of Bengal tigers, Chinese dragon, Russian eagles and birds of paradise represent students from different countries and cultures.
It was a great and fun challenge incorporating 20 portraits in this piece. Big thanks to Bob Gilbane for this project and Gordon’s ink for the beautiful print job! Go check out the piece if you ever find yourself in Providence, RI!