Reginald: The Recycled Rhino

We decided to create a large-scale low poly

Rachel had bought the template from a shop on Etsy and had already created a small Rhino out of silver card, as a present for a friend that had been to a Rhino Sanctuary. This inspired us to try and create a bigger version as a group project.

A delivery of large noticeboards wrapped in massive sheets of cardboard provided us with a perfect medium to work with. This is a great example of how to be more inventive with the ways in which you recycle.

“I had made a skull mask out of a template before but I had never made one so big. I really like how big he turned out. The way that we used up the cardboard was great and it was a nice material to work with.” – Anthony Murray

Usually, with these kind of templates, you download them and print them off, however, we wanted to create a much bigger rhino. To be able to do this we decided to project each part of the template onto our whiteboard and trace them directly onto the cardboard.

After we traced the templates we needed to mark out all of the correct numbers onto each part. This proved to be a great way for the class to work on their numeracy skills in a practical way.

“I really enjoyed trying to find the different numbers and marking them out. I also enjoyed the cutting and sticking parts but the numbers part really helped me with my literacy and numeracy skills.” – David Savage    

“I found learning how to do this very interesting. I loved putting in the numbers and referring back to the templates to make sure that I was correct.” – Louise Donnelly

The next stage is to decided on how to finish him or if he is finished already?

“We are still deciding on what colour to paint him or if we should just leave him as he is now. I think that we should make him silver….nice and shiny.” – Anthony Murray

“I think that he looks good now but I really do think that he needs something more. I would like him to be grey because they are grey in real life. I would love to work on another project like this again and we are already planning our next piece.” – Louise Donnelly

“We are thinking of painting him, or covering him or maybe just leaving him as he is now. I like the way that you can see what he is made out of, I think that this makes him even more impressive.” – Matthew Colgan


Working on this scale is very exciting and we are looking forward to creating more sculptures in a similar way.

“I would love to work on another project like this again and we are already planning our next piece.” – Louise Donnelly 

“I find this way of working to be very, very interesting because this was my first time ever to make a rhino out of cardboard. I can’t wait to start on our next piece.” – Matthew Colgan 

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About HSE EVE Estuary

HSE EVE Estuary Centre is part of Eastern Vocational Enterprise (EVE) and is a training centre for individuals with intellectual disabilities based in Lissenhall, Swords, HSE Dublin North East. We provide a quality service to sixty four individuals.

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