DUBBO'S three sculptures of a Southern Black rhino cow and calf have been publicly praised by the Dubbo City Council's deputy mayor, Cr Ben Shields.
Cr Shields placed on the record his appreciation of the statues during the comments and matters of urgency section of the April council meeting on Monday evening.
"They are a tourist attraction in their own right," Cr Shields said.
He said it was now time for further discussions about introducing more works of art to the city of Dubbo and its surrounds.
"A lot of people know Dubbo is the home to Taronga Western Plains Zoo," he said.
"Especially now as we have those great, fantastic statues."
Cr Shields noted one of the city's prominent businessmen had called for a gateway structure to be built on the eastern approaches to the city and suggest a pair of giraffes might be considered.
The mayor, Cr Mathew Dickerson said the council's public art committee were already working on a plan to get more statues of zoo animals within the city. Cr John Walkom endorsed Cr Shields' remarks.
"My initial reaction is we need to get more of these in our city," he said.
"It makes Dubbo a point of difference."
Cr Kevin Parker said he too was taken by the impact of the rhino sculptures.
"I am just amazed by the number of people sitting on them and having their photos taken," he said.
"We could look at an animal theme instead of a Dream theme."
The creators of the scupltures, Sydney-based artists, Gillie and Marc Schattner said they were so happy to create the sculptures.
"Every animal (sculpture) is a memento to the rhinos that were lost, a constant reminder of this endangered species and a message to protect threatened animals."