Elephant parade Beauty in the city 75 cm Cowmuseum Amsterdam
By Ye Ruoshi
Elephant figurine Beauty in the city 75 cm, was designed by the Singaporean artist (painter) Ye Ruoshi ”Who is ye Roushi” for the Hong Kong parade exhibition in 2014.
The idea was inspired by the importance of nature. While living in a vibrant and fast-moving city, we sometimes forget to stop and ‘smell the flowers’.Ye Ruoshi has always noticed Spider-lilies decking among housing estates here in Singapore. She finds that this flower is not only beautiful and elegant, but also an unsung hero, in which are often taken for granted of their existence. Just like the flowers, the elephants among other animals are often neglected. The artist wants people to stop and admire this beauty in the city. And to treasure it’s existence.Therefore, she designed this special figurine and called Beauty in the city.
About the artist
Name: Ye Ruoshi
Date of Birth: 14 August 1973
Education: Diploma in Graphic Design Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, 1993
Profession: Artist (Painter)
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