Elephant parade Psycho Elephant Antropofágico Tropical
Elephant name: Psycho Elephant Antropofágico Tropical
Artist: Fernando Guimaraes
Parade: Floripa 2015 / Traveling Herd Europe
Inspiration: “Psychedelic – I want people to reflect on each picture I drew: ancient symbols of various ethnic groups and nations worldwide, not to mention the symbols of Brazilian indigenous groups. It has even pop symbols that were used in the psychedelic generation of the 60s and my faces – Anthropophagy – as I am an artist from the 90s generation, drank a lot in the sources of the first phase of globalization, which still delights me today, because the world is very large in history of its culture. So all that I see and enchants me I take on, convert it into a pictorial motif (hence Anthropophagy in my life). I have always new inspiration, with figurative vocation always, but free to change the theme if tired of it. Tropical – I often use pure and strong colors in my work, plenty of yellow, orange, blues and greens. Sometimes my inspiration comes from my pottery, sometimes from painting. I mix everything and comes a bit of what you are seeing here.”
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. International cities always exhibit the life-size elephants and raise awareness for the need of elephant conservation.
20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects.
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.