Faces in the Wild Art Auction Raises $42k

Proceeds From Humanscale’s Fundraiser Benefit World Wildlife Fund


Karen Brooking


NEW YORK, September 18, 2009 — Humanscale’s annual Faces in the Wild art auction and fundraiser generated a total donation of $42,000 for World Wildlife Fund. The September 16, 2009 event raised a total of $21,000 in bids and donations, an amount that was matched by Humanscale to be presented to WWF.

More than 175 guests attended the auction in Humanscale’s jungle-themed New York City showroom, including artists, designers, local philanthropists and WWF supporters, and author and design critic Mayer Rus served as auctioneer for the sixth time.

“Humanscale’s been a wonderful partner with us in many ways,” Amy Gillenson, Regional Director of WWF, said. “What this really does is help increase WWF’s visibility and promote awareness of the importance of saving countless species and our planet for future generations.”

Prestigious artists and designers—including Yves Behar, Black + Blum, Scott Henderson, Scott Wilson of MNML, and lauded nature photographer Frans Lanting—created and generously donated approximately 60 pieces of animal-inspired artwork in a variety of artistic media.

A team of judges—Ken Wilson, Principal of Envision Design; Julie Lasky, Editor of Change Observer; and Allan Chochinov, Editor-in-Chief of Core77—weighed in on each entry’s use of environmental materials, animal representation, and overall design. The following pieces were declared winners for their excellence and creativity:

  • “Arktos” by Scott Henderson
  • “Flamingos, Reflect” by Black + Blum
  • “Renatta” by Rodger Stevens


Honorable mentions were awarded to:

  • “Blue Bear” by Kathy Jackson of Brand Partners
  • “Gems in the Wild” by Rosalind Goldman of Wil, Gotshal & Manges
  • “The Hierarchy of the King” by Sean Martorana of +HE s+UDiO


Humanscale extends its deepest gratitude to the artists who donated their talents and materials, as well as the art and wildlife lovers who bid generously to support a tremendous cause.

  • Highest winning bid: $3,500 for “Arktos” by Scott Henderson, depicting a polar bear on an ice float
  • Second-highest winning bid: $2,500 for “Umka” by Scott Wilson, a minimalist aluminum sculpture of a polar bear
  • Third-highest winning bid: $1,600 for “Bengal Tiger” by Suzanne Tick, a one-of-a-kind 6’ x 9’ rug depicting the stripes of the Bengal tiger


“I just want to thank Humanscale again for their generosity in terms of this event,” Gillenson said. “Plus they’ve made a wonderful commitment to WWF for tiger conservation in Cambodia and we are just really grateful for their partnership.”

The largest conservation organization in the world, World Wildlife Fund leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. By 2015, the organization hopes to conserve 19 of the world’s most important natural places, including the Galapagos and Congo Basin, and significantly change global forces like agriculture and climate change to protect the future of nature. Humanscale Founder and CEO Robert King has served on WWF’s National Council since 1999.

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