In the jungles of South India, tribal indigenous people accustomed to living with giant Asian elephants made life-size sculptures of mammals, which now cost tens of thousands of euros. Organization Elephant family, Committed to protecting wildlife in Asia, took them to the English capital for artistic expeditions Coexistence, Which will travel across the country by July.
The initiative’s creators want to recall the urgency to make living with wild animals and humans healthy. They hope that the slowdown in the pace of life during the imprisonment imposed by the epidemic will help some endangered species recover. The habitat In nature.
“In an imprisoned world, we realize that as we reduce our ecological footprint, wildlife flourishes, and it changes the health of the planet for all,” he says. In my The site, Campaign organization Coexistence. “Wildlife, with all its creativity and color, is not locked in a distant nature reserve, it is here at the border of our urban existence, waiting for the door to open.”
It is a matter of mutual existence for Ruth Ganesh, the representative of the elephant family. “To save them is to save oneself”, Told Reuters, In front of Buckingham Palace, where elephants were visiting Chelsea this week on Saturday, 15 May. The sculptures are made from species Lantana cam, An invasive plant, which benefits wildlife when removed from protected areas.
Between May and July, 125 elephants will travel through London’s parks, guarded by former Gurkhas – Nepalese soldiers recruited by the British Army – until each statue is sold with prices ranging between 7,000 and 34,000 euros. The money raised will go to the elephant family to support nature conservation work.
The sculptures of birds landing on elephants were made by four artists – Mark Koreth, Simon Goodgin, Tobias Ford and Hamish Mackie – And will be part of the exhibition that closes this artistic and awareness campaign in the gallery Sladmore Contemporary, in London. Exposure Coexistence Can be seen till 23 July and will also have pictures of it George butler, Which maps coexistence between humans and wildlife around the world.