Elephant parade Descolado
Elephant name: Descolado
Artist: Marcelo Dargains
Parade: Rio 2018
Inspiration: My idea was to bring back the essence of being “carioca” despite the crisis and lack of hope that we are facing nowadays in Rio. We are sunny, vibrant and stylish people and that’s why I called it “cool”. The floral influence represents the colourful happiness. Its striped socks and shoes are a contrast of carioca’s unique dressing style.
All Elephant Parade replicas are carefully handcrafted in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Due to its handcrafted nature each piece is unique and might vary slightly in design.
Elephant parade events
Elephant Parade is a social enterprise and runs the world’s largest art exhibition of decorated elephant statues. Created by artists and celebrities. Thus Each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. International cities always exhibit the life-size elephants and raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation.
2006 was the first elephant parade event by Marc Spits and his son Mike. The inspiration came from Marc Spits’ visit (while logging in Myanmar) to the elephant hospital in Thailand, which constructs prosthetic legs for elephants that encounter landmines. There he saw Mosha, a baby elephant who lost her foot when only seven months old. Thus the idea of the event came to existence.
Did you know?
Elephant Parade is the second largest public art event in the world. Since 2007 there have been events worldwide in 30 cities. More than 3,000 artists have produced more than 2000 unique works of art.