Did you see the 101 elephants that arrived in Mumbai a couple of days ago? Yes, 101 elephants across the city. We are talking about the beautiful curated elephant statues of painted elephants of The Elephant Parade of course.
After successful exhibitions in 24 cities across the world – including Milan, London, Singapore, Jaipur and Bangkok, the parade has come to the Maximum City for the very first time and we couldn’t be more excited!
This initiative plans to raise funds to help India’s 101 corridors for elephants, and build crucial rescue centres around the forests that are very much needed. The money for the cause will be raised through the sale of the displayed elephant sculptures. The beautifully painted elephants have been designed by prominent personalities, renowned artists and designers such as Anita Dongre, Amitabh Bachchan, Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin to name a few. We are especially proud that our fellow expat Maria and her team are part of this and created a beautiful elephant named OrangeX2654.
OrangeX2654 is a super creative elephant made by Maria Leon in collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law! The idea of contributing to save the declining population of elephants in India inspired Maria to join Elephant Parade India. When asked about the change this parade could bring, Maria, who is a Spanish expat, said that the herd will have a two fold effect – the first will be an increase in the awareness of the plight of the Indian Elephant, and possibly a boost in the funds to alleviate their situation. Secondly, the display of the elephant in public areas would be the introduction and showcasing of art, and its potential influence, to a spectrum of Indian society that would normally be overlooked.
Over the course of the next few days, groups of the elephant sculptures will be on public display around the city, beginning with Priyadarshini Park, Palladium Mall in High Street Phoenix, Siddhivinayak Temple, Sophia’s College and Radio One Office Lower Parel which has already started from 2nd and is upto 6th March.
The parade at Worli Sea Face has started from 3rd March, and will be upto 7th March.
From March 8-11, the display will move to the central suburbs, in R City Mall Ghatkopar, Phoenix Marketcity Kurla and the Grand Hyatt in Kalina.
From March 14-18, the Elephant Parade will be in the western suburbs – Carter Road Beach and Amphitheatre, Bandra Fort, Taj Land’s End in Bandra, The Bombay Art Society in Bandra, Infiniti Malls in Andheri and Malad and Oberoi Mall in Goregaon.
The Elephant Parade is on till March 18 and is open to public.