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The Elephants Are Coming!

More than 100 life sized baby elephant sculptures decorated by celebrities and artists around the world will be on parade on the streets of Orchard Road and park this coming November.

The Elephant Parade Singapore 2011

The Elephant Parade Singapore 2011

Last night in Singapore a very special event was held amidst the crazy fighting of words and testosterone generated from the upcoming General Election. A friendlier and more calming event was held in the middle of Orchard Road. The Elephant Parade Singapore 2011 was inaugurated at the Gallery at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

The event was officially launched by Professor Tommy Koh, Patron of the Elephant Parade and Claire Chiang, Chairman of Wildlife Reserves Singapore and Ambassador of Elephant Parade, together with the founders of the Elephant Parade, Mr Marc and Mike Spits.

The Elephant Parade Singapore 2011 cocktail preview at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

The Elephant Parade is the largest open air art exhibition of decorated life sized elephant statues. Famous and upcoming artists contribute to the conservation of Asian elephants and the public awareness of their life threatening situation. In the past 100 years Asian elephant populations have plummeted from 250,000 to 25,000.
Imagine having more than 100 elephants lining up on the streets of Orchard Road in Singapore this coming November.

Singapore is the first country to be part of the Asia tour. The exhibition in Singapore will be held along the streets of Orchard Road from the 11th November 2011. More than 100 international and Singapore artists and celebrities will be part of this event. Famous Singapore artists such as, Francis Ng, Steve Lawler, Simond Chew, Michael Ng, Rosihan Dahim and Sarkasi Said will be decorating life sized fiberglass baby elephants. Well-know Asian celebrities such as, Bobby Chinn, Ashley Isham, Shabnam Melwani and Tina Tan Leo will also be part of this event.

The Elephant Parade Singapore 2011 cocktail preview at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Singapore multiple award winning artist, Francis Ng (center) with the founders of the Elephant Parade, Mr Marc Spits (left) and Mr Mike Spits (right)


After the parade, the decorated elephants sculptures will be auctioned off by Sothebys Auction in order to raise funds for The Asian Elephant Foundation. The Asian Elephant Foundation is an independent charity that supports various projects throughout Asia, varying from elephants hospitals to the lease of land, where elephants have enough space to mate and live in peace.

So come this 11th November, get to see more than 100 elephant sculptures parading along Orchard Road and parks in Singapore. And if you would like to help contribute to the cause, you can also own your very own mini replicas from one of your favorite artist or celebrity at TANGS Gallery Stores.

So watch out for them as the elephants are coming to Singapore!

The Elephant Parade Singapore 2011 cocktail preview at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Netherland, Singapore based artist, Frances Alleblas working her magic on her elephant

The Elephant Parade Singapore 2011 cocktail preview at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Singapore artist, Michael Mindflyer and his team adding a touch of Singapore to his elephant

The Elephant Parade Singapore 2011 cocktail preview at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Thailand artist, Attasit Aniwactchon with his finished elephant Nat Posila and the Orangephant’s creation. He will be creating one more with a touch of Singapore’s favorite fruits

The Elephant Parade Singapore 2011 cocktail preview at the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

The legend, Singapore artist, Mr Sarkasi Said and his work in progress elephant

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About Suzz (164 Articles)
is the owner and founder of Artitute, loves to attend fancy art exhibition, shares them with her friends, dabbles in amateur printmaking and photography and is a crazy cat lady.
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6 Comments on The Elephants Are Coming!

  1. Isn’t this just a rich tai-tai variant of the fibreglass lions done by Singapore Tourism Board back in 2007 and the race horses adorned with decoration by the Singapore Turf Club in 2009 and the United Buddy bears?
    It’s more a PR exercise/exposure opportunity for all the invited guests and the rich/famous to rub shoulders (and trunks?) and to feel good for themselves.
    I for one would not call it an art exhibition per se. More like charity/publicity exhibition for the poor elephants?

  2. HI Michael, I wasn’t aware of the previous charities created for the lions and etc. However, the Elephant Parade is quite a unique cause. Yes, it might look like a chi-chi tai-tai event, but hey, they are the people with the deep pockets who will be able to afford the elephants auctioned off by Sothebys. Every event needs some glamour, and that’s called publicity to raise awareness.

    However the Elephant Parade is not a charity. They are just a social enterprise, leveraging on Mr Marc Spits connection to help raise awareness and money for The Asian Elephant Foundation.

    The artists I have spoken to are happy to be part of this cause and yes, they get a chance to display their works for the world to see (and hopefully buy).

    I hope you will support this event as it’s supporting Earth’s largest mammals. 🙂

  3. Nat Posila // May 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm //

    The Orangephant was created by Nat Posila not Attasit Aniwactchon.

  4. Oh dear, so sorry Nat. I have amended the name. Love your elephant design. Hope to see you again!

  5. Nat Posila // May 4, 2011 at 12:19 pm //

    Thanks for fixing it! We hope to see you soon too.

  6. Nice post, I love the website.

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