Elephant Tour

The Elephant Parade is ‘the world’s largest open air art exhibition of decorated elephant statues that seeks to attract public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation’ and is currently on tour throughout the UK.
I was fortunate enough to see the elephants on tour, the herd arrived at the Trafford Centre on the 19th of August and have brightened up the centre! The Elephant parade was created by father and son Marc and Mike Spits in 2006, whilst travelling in Thailand Marc met the founder and Secretary General of Friends of the Asian Elephant and founder of the FAE Elephant Hospital, the first hospital in the world for elephants. Here, Marc met a baby elephant name Mosha, who had lost her leg after stepping on a landmine. This is what inspired Marc and now to show a unity between the elephants and to symbolise Moshas strong presence in the cause each elephant has a ring of hearts around their leg.
My favourite elephant was one designed as an ice cream cone, the elephant was in a sat down position and cheekily had his tongue out to lick a strawberry.


elephant collage

© 2013 Faith Nelson


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