Elephant parade Gardnerfante
Elephant name: Gardnerfante
Artist: Victor Hugo Marques
Parade: Floripa 2015 / Traveling Herd Europe
Inspiration: “The project is based on the Theory of Multiple Intelligences of Psychologist Howard Gardner. This theory takes into account the various abilities of a human being, not only the logical-mathematical knowledge, proposing a more humane and individualized education. In this project, two intelligences are highlighted, the Space, which includes the ability for artistic creation (being an art project); and the Naturalist, which deals with empathy with nature (represented by flowers and the object’s format itself). But the elephant is adorned with symbols of all Multiple Intelligences, demonstrating that the world needs integrated human beings, each with its potential, striving for a better life for all.”
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,
each Elephant Parade statue is a unique art piece. The life-size, baby elephant statues are exhibited in international cities and raise awareness for
the need of elephant conservation. Limited edition, handcrafted replicas and a select range of products are created from the exhibition elephants.
20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects.
The event was created in 2006 by Marc Spits and his son Mike. It was inspired by 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.