Lismore-raised rhino lantern heading for Taronga's Dubbo zoo
ROCKY the Rhino - a lantern created by the Lightn-Up artists - is leaving Lismore today for his new home at Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo.
Artists including Jyllie Jackson, Brett Haydon, Robyn Geddes, Anais Malot, Barbara James and Jason Placing have worked on the rhino for almost a month.
He was commissioned by the zoo after the Lightn-Up crew worked with the Dubbo community for their DREAM festival last year.
"The zoo will get to keep Rocky," Ms Jackson said.
"It is hard to say goodbye to our lanterns, but it's also nice to be able to share the lantern love."
And it's not the only lantern that has left its Lismore nest recently.
The magnificent Mumma Owl, created by the late Karen Coyle, arrived in Albury this week.
It will be installed in the roof of the Albury Museum and Library.
LightnUp's lantern of Migaloo the white whale will join a couple of dolphins, a green turtle and a school of coloured reef fish on a journey to Hervey Bay for the town's famous whale festival.
"Lismore is definitely getting a really good reputation for our lanterns," Ms Jackson said.
"We're very proud of what we do."
Meanwhile the Lismore Lantern Parade and the Tender Centre have joined forces for a special fundraising tender sale on October 31, November 1-2, and November 7-9.
The sale will raise money to help get LightnUp into their new home on Keen St.