I’m sure that many Londoners have noticed the recent and colourful additions to the grimy urban streets of London, Asian elephants!
No, this isn’t global warming gone mad, this is the Elephant Parade 2010, and it’s marching its way through our fair streets in a bid to try to raise money to help protect the endangered Asian elephant species.
With 260 of them dotted across the capital, it’s impossible not to have bumped into a few of them by now, and I was lucky enough to see some at the event launch in Trafalgar Square on Tuesday morning. I’ve put together a gallery of images below from the selection of elephants that they had on display – my favourites are the cab elephant and the one with the city gent – you can click to enlarge the images.
Of course, this been done many times over, and with animals ranging from cows in Manchester (my personal favourite animal decoration project), Superlambananas in Liverpool for the year they were European Capital of Culture, and kangaroos across London late last year, however I really love the cuteness of these elephants!
Here’s a little more information on the project from the people behind it:
Elephant Parade is a conservation campaign that shines a multi-coloured spotlight on the urgent crisis faced by the endangered Asian elephant. Brought to you by www.elephantfamily.org, the event sees over 250 brightly painted life-size elephants located over central London this summer.
Each decorated by a different artist or celebrity, the elephants brighten and beautify the city, enhancing every park, street corner and building they grace. Running from May to July 2010, this is London’s biggest outdoor art event on record. With an estimated audience of 25 million, we aim to raise £2 million for the Asian elephant and benefit 20 UK conservation charities.
All of our elephants are for sale by auction and every bid you place is a bid for habitat.
Mini elephants are available at Selfridges, 80 Regent St, 36 Carnaby St and Greenwich Central Market or at the online shop.
Happy elephant spotting!
To get an idea of where the elephants are located, click here (I’d LOVE to go and find as many as possible on a picture-taking project… does anyone else fancy doing this one day soon?? :P).
Oh, and you know what I can’t stop singing every time I see one? “The Closing Of The Year” from the movie ‘Toys’ – mainly as this is the song that plays when the giant elephant crypt is seen flying away over the hills and through the skies, blowing bubbles – one of my favourite movie moments heh!!
Still image of it (grounded) towards the end of this clip (very difficult to find moving footage, sorry!)