The Elephant Parade, part of an international awareness-raising campaign, arrived to Luxembourg and Trier, Germany, in mid July and was received with a lot of enthusiasm and joy by the public.
The 95 mini-elephants (weighing more than 600 kg and about 1.65 m in height) displayed in both cities create a very pleasant visual effect for locals and tourists alike, providing a luxurious palette of colours and designs.
They promote a good cause and were therefore created to draw attention to the endangered Asian elephant. At the end of the parade, on October 18, a selection of works will be auctioned and 70 percent of proceeds from the sale will go to the “The Asian Elephant Foundation”.
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.
Elephant Parade’s open air art exhibitions create worldwide attention, public awareness and support for the cause of elephant conservation: the Elephant Parade statues never go unnoticed by the wider public and mass media.
Now, a successful campaign that caught the world’s attention, The Elephant Parade was created by father and son Marc and Mike Spits in 2006. A year later, the first exhibition was held in Rotterdam.
Marc was inspired to create the Elephant Parade after meeting Soraida Salwala whilst on holiday in Thailand.
Soraida was the founder and Secretary General of Friends of the Asian Elephant and founder of the FAE Elephant Hospital, the first elephant hospital in the world in Lampang, near Chiang Mai. There, Marc met a baby elephant named Mosha, who had lost her leg after stepping on a landmine.
Mosha inspired Marc to create Elephant Parade.
If you would like to find out more about the parade and the line-up of cities where mini-elephants have been displayed before, click here.
For detailed information on The Elephant Parade in Luxembourg and Trier, click here.
Take a look at the pictures and help us spread the word!
The ”Lotophant” created by Thomas Lutz is displayed near Luxembourg’s Central Station.
The author said about his work of art: ”Fortune smiles on him. It hasn’t always to be a good-luck pig. I wish luck to every observer, to the whole parade and therefore to the whole event. The elephant deserves it.”
”Dheva Ngen” created by Watchira Srichan
Dheva is a guardian, showing the elegance of Thai beliefs and the beauty of its culture. It is displayed in a small public park before Pont Adolphe in Luxembourg.
The ”Fragile Family” created by Sé Van Weert
The author created this work of art to send a clear message to the outer world: ”We humans tend to forget we are part of the Family of Earthlings, like the other animals and plants. We name and categorise them but do not take care of their and our futures, thus spoiling the very foundations of the amazing variety of Nature. In fact, we are about to fail.”
”Valentin” by Moolatelier der Yolande asbl
”To recognize the love between people as something valuable led us to the elephant in love. Valentin saves this wealth in a timeless way symbolized by the butterflies.”
The author explains her work: ”The chain of butterflys symbolizes a community of lightness and freedom, of fortune and satisfaction. A community that enriches each other. A community one can learn from.”
”One of my image series featuring endangered animals, has prompted me to select orangutans, and to give my elephant the name “In the same boat”. Both animal species suffer the same fate.”
”Ein Herz für Elefanten” by By Elmar Hubert
”The translucent, dissolving “skin” of the sculpture represents the disappearing of this species. The discs symbolize the globe, which is imbued with worldwide help (heart).”
”Designed with leafs, wax and gold leaf, the elephant symbolizes in a cheerful way nature feeding all of us; Its continuous change, its transience and value as well as our duty to maintain nature as undamaged as possible for the benefit of all.”
The author stated:”The innocence of the elephants, represented by the colours, gets destroyed by chains and locks. Man locks innocent animals up. But we don’t give up hope: the colours- the beauty of those animals- is going to get through.”
”Lill Mimi passes on love of life, beauty, lightness of being, spontaneity, dreams. It is the bearer of the faith in the good, in love and joy. All we need to be happy is love. Life is beautyful and you’re the architect of your own life!”
”The harmony of inner elements are the foundation of either human or animal existence, and their creation. If nature is in harmony, it creates and supports monumental things.”
The ”Iro Iro” elephant created by Edith Rollinger-Simon and displayed in Trier, Germany.
”Iro Iro is the Japanese translation of his name and stands for variety. Especially Iro Iro represents fortune and a colourful world.”
The ”Amazing Lotus” elephant by Narin Kantawong
”The Lotus is the symbol of unity, purity and inner peace. For me, this fantastic and vibrant elephant is the homeland of all creatures, who side by side, wander through the circle of life.”
”Turbofant” by Andrea Kneip is displayed in Trier, Germany
”Here comes the TURBOFANT on hot wheels in lacquered suit. Does it smile? How would we react like, if it just stood up, went away back into his world- far away from us, because of us?”
”Krusti” by Diana Francis
”By buying Krusti we raise our contribution to maintain a species- just like our slogan “Nature is our partner”. Krusti is supposed to become our talisman, and after the Parade, it will get a place of honour in our offices.”
”Kwan Chang” by Eakapong Toonkey is displayed in Trier, Germany
”Kwan Chang symbolizes the special relationship between elephants and humans. Not just a working animal but part of our history, our companions in life.”
”Shadow Lights” by Gudrun Hauser is displayed in Trier, Germany.
”Shadow Light steps out its shadowy existence, adorned with bright colors, its eyes filled with peace and friendliness.”
”Farang” by Sabine Wolff is displayed in Trier, Germany.
“Farang” means “foreigner” in Thai. I’m very happy to be part of this event and I’m glad to see how white elephants turn into lots of amazing, diverse and colourful works of art. A wonderful idea!”
”Zaïna” by a group of students from the 11th class of Freie Waldorfschule Trier
”The idea of the design reflects how Indian elephants are traditionally decorated and painted.”