Elephant parade Kiku 15 cm
Elephant name: Kiku 15 cm
Artist: Chris Chun
Parade: UK Tour 2014
Inspiration: “Kiku is based off one of my paintings which was inspired by an antique kimono fabric I bought in Japan. One of the things I love about kimono fabrics are the rich colours, decorative embellishments and dramatic layout of patterns. I thought that my painting would look quite stunning on an elephant and in some ways, quite regal as there is a lot gold in it. After all, the elephants are majestic creatures.
I also added butterflies as they symbolise hope and freedom. It’s my way of wishing for elephants to be able to live in a safe and protected environment. Last year, I had the opportunity to spend the day learning how to ride an elephant and become a mahout for the day (A mahout is a person who rides an elephant). We got to feed, bathe and look after our own elephant for the day and it was just such a magical experience. They really are incredible and gentle creatures.”
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.