Reported by J.S. Fletcher and Kathy M. Newbern
As we’ve noted in the past, decorated animal sculptures are nothing new, and many such installations exist. Here are some to note:
- Chicago, IL, unveiled 360 “Cows on Parade” in 1999
- Cincinnati, OH, has 425 swine in the “Big Pig Gig”
- Buffalo, NY, has 150 bison in its “Herd About Buffalo”
- Orlando, FL, features 200 geckos in “LizArt”
- Louisville, KY, has 200 horses for “Gallapalooza”
- Baltimore, MD, has the “Crabtown Project”
- Nashville, TN, had “Catfish Out of Water”
- Greenville, SC, has those cute mice hidden about on Main Street
- Raleigh, NC, got into the act with wolves
- Hendersonville, NC, has bears for their Bearfootin’ Public Art Walk
- Many cities do bulls
- Many, including Chapel Hill, NC, offer up cows.
So when we saw that Anantara Resorts, known for its association with The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), is helping to bring the Elephant Parade®, which features elephant sculptures, to Bangkok, Thailand, we were spurred to spread the word. GTAEF was established in 2006 to address the plight of Thailand’s elephants and has achieved huge success.
The Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open-air art exhibition, is not really a parade, but an installation of decorated elephant sculptures. There will be about a hundred of them, each reaching five feet tall, and each is elaborately decorated and hand painted. They will be displayed throughout Bangkok, starting on December 1, 2015. The exhibition will end on January 29, 2016.
Elephant Parade was first held in the Netherlands in 2007 and has travelled the globe to cities including London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Milan, Hong Kong and now Bangkok.
We have to extend kudos to Anantara and the Elephant Parade for not only sharing this special exhibition of art but also for auctioning off a selection of the decorated elephants at a gala dinner. Proceeds raised will go to a variety of projects to help the plight of domestic and wild elephants throughout the Kingdom and beyond. Last year’s Elephant Parade in Hong Kong raises $2,150,000 for Asian Elephant Conservation.
So if you are going to be in Bangkok in December or January, be sure to have a look. We’ve supplied some photos and a video for you to have a sneak peek, and you can get more info by going to www.elephantparadebangkok.com. For more information on Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas, please visit www.anantara.com.
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International Travel Examiners J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourNovel.com.