What is the Elephant Parade?
The Elephant Parade is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest exhibition of decorated elephant statues. It was created by mark and Mike Spits in 2006. Elephants created by artists and others these statues are exhibited globally. Limited edition handcrafted replicas are created from the exhibition elephants for sale and 20% of the net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects. A minimum donation of €50,000 is made annually. The exhibition pieces are auctioned off and the top price achieved for an elephant statue was £155,000 in 2010 for one created by Jack Vettriano.
Where can I get one?
There is a shop in Haji Lane, Singapore. They are sold in Tangs, Orchard Road and also at the Zoo. They are available online at elephantparadewebshop.com
They also sell elephant baubles ( we have some) and art boxes to create your own design. My daughter and I were gifted an art box for Christmas.
Name and inspiration
I’ve named this elephant ‘Little Rouge’. Singapore is known as the Little Red Dot and is a mix of diverse cultures from China, Malaysia, India and Singapore as well as Westerners, all living harmoniously together. The design reflects the diverse designs from the different cultures. Red is also auspicious as it is the colour of good luck in China and at Chinese New Year red envelopes containing money, called Ang Baos, are distributed to children.