Meet the Elephants
This elephant is a symbol of wisdom and enlightenment. If more of society where able to look at nature with awe and appreciation, it would be far easier to prevent animals such as the Asian elephant, from being on the brink of extinction.
Cesar’s Pack is dedicated to the idea that the human-animal interface is a complicated one. Understanding each others’ needs without a common language takes effort, to serve and protect. Communicating heart-to-heart. Soul-to-soul. On a planet we share. Mankind must take the leadership to save all creatures.
Created from the struggle between the sun and moon, Beady's skin is tempered by the heat of day and the cold of night. As the sun and moon dance in the sky, the stars weep from the heavens creating her colorful spheres. When lit by the moon, Beady glows with the cold of the dark. When lit by the sun, she reflects the warmth of the light.
Triumph Of Liberty
This elephant showcases a patriotic theme in honor of the U.S. debut of the Elephant Parade. Inspired by the essence of Lady Liberty, the elegant design represents the clear commitment of the land of the free, and the home of the brave. From raising awareness about their plight to preserving the future of this amazing animal, Americans continue to show their courage and bravery by helping reverse the dwindling numbers of Asian elephants.
A classic. Just seeing a surf-woodie implies a lifestyle. It’s a symbol. The love of water. The respect for independence and freedom. Yet responsibility to protect the environment. The elephant is a symbol too. Loves water. A need for freedom and it too sustains the environment. Both must be preserved.
Stars and Stripes live in the heart of every American who believes in our unity and purpose as a nation. Generation to generation, whether in peace or at war, our mighty flag rises. The red, white and starry blue are symbols of our nation's freedom and hope. The bright stars are our dreams and hard labor, treasured symbols together, bursting with American pride.
Straight lines on a curved surface. Complications but no limit in creativity. Bright Beauty illustrates the woven fabric of life. Fifth-grade student Morgan Finelt conceived this winning design to support The Asian Elephant Foundation’s efforts to save elephants. Teacher Kent Baker masterfully painted the concept on this full size baby elephant masterpiece.
One Hundred Flowers
Li Bingbing is a UNEP Goodwill Ambassador and WWF Earth Hour Global Ambassador. She reminds us that a Hundred Flowers Bloom is a metaphor for inspiration and beauty of ideas and solutions. Noted Chinese brush painter, Henri Li realizes the dream in 100 Apricot blossoms.
I took a monochromatic approach to my elephant sing calking material pressed from a tube to make a repetitive pattern of 3-D 'candy kisses' like application. Twenty-seven tubes of calking material were used to totally cover the elephant. The effort created another outline to the predefined, smooth line of the sculpture, giving it a spikey, hair-like look that harkened back to the pink music days of the 1980s - hence its name, its Punkaphant.
The butterfly, all are exotic. Fragile. Beautiful. Unique. Yet can travel thousands of miles sustaining life. So with the elephant. But they are disappearing. We need to support habitat giving elephants room to ‘fly’ their own way. Rama is King. This elephant is king.
Mark Rothko, one of the 20th Century’s most important artists is a tragic story of genius and loss generally caused by external circumstances. The artist attempts to invoke the legend and legacy of Rothko’s optimistic spirit in the Rothko style in this design. Elephants will meet the same end unless we ALL do what we can to save them.
Sea The Point!
Uniting for a global cause - that's the point of this majestic harmony between the elephant and the whale. The world's oceans connect us all and unifying the largest mammals of land and sea sheds light on the mission to create awareness of the critical plight of the Asian elephant, as well as Dana Point's continuing commitment to local and global conservation.
The elephant is seen as a deity in Asian cultures. The design highlights the energy flow through this being as it attempts to unify its soul with the boogie birds acting as chakras. Through color and composition elements, Shockraphant is asking mankind to find that inner unity.
With bright eyes, a warm smile, and a passion for fashion, Shopping Queen Elephant is ready for a fun-filled day on the town!
The Story of Asia
Faces reflect what’s in the heart. The story of Asia is shown through many faces symbolizing the countless different traditions of Asian life. Energy and flow. Mystical and glorious. And home to the elephants.
There's Still Hope
The elephant is taking the lead role in the fight to turn around the species named on the endangered list. Who better to do so than not only the largest mammal, but one of the smartest and emotional of them all! It would be a great injustice for our children, and our children's children to never know the elephant. Luckily, there's still hope to preserve their existence. My design represents elephants' unique emotions and personalities, along with other endangered animals who need their voices heard, including the orangutan, mountain gorilla, polar bear, tiger, snow leopard, panda, California condor, and bald eagle. It's our job to make sure these animals are around for future generations to come.
Valentina The Elenaut
Elephants are known for their weight but this Elenaut is going weightless as Virgin Galactic's first Elenaut! The Elenaut is a symbol of dreams, exploration, and continually striving for new heights. Virgin was built on reaching for new challenges and dreams. I hope Elenaut and all the other elephants will be part of a bright future for Virgin, space travel and human endeavour.
Dita Von Teese's famous martini glass strip, swirling in her champagne glass. Bubbles become pink elephants, pachyderm skeletons in top hats and a beautiful Dita flying in an intoxicating dance. Elephants and the exotic. Paris’ original Moulin Rouge had an enormous elephant structure. Burlesque star, Josephine Baker, collected statues of these beloved elephants.
Zia Skye, children’s names. Inspired by their innocence and unlimited happiness. Can you imagine a world without elephants? Travel the coast of California. Find your favorite destinations … and see that Dana Point is the center of it ALL. The fun and discovery is limitless. Enjoy.
My design represents the paradox between desire and greed - more specifically, our desire to possess everything and anything, no matter how destructive. Inside the belly of the elephant, evil forces hunt these pure, majestic creatures amidst a tiny magical world. The frantic boat race through volatile waters is a desperate attempt to save the elephant and return it to the safety of home. The image of the princess is a symbol of the truly dark side of greed - an emblem of excess, consumerism, entitlement and an attempt to attain perfection. In addition, the princess and the various images of idealized female beauty mirror Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey. Through a series of life-threatening adventures, Odysseus yearns to return home to his wife Penelope. Her image and memory haunt the moonlit waves and line the walls of the caves. I have entitled the piece Odysseus to explore this conflict and suggest a similar end in which the hero returns home to safety and reclaims his kingdom. So too would the elephant return and reign supreme once again.
A concept inspired by the character Jeff Bridges played in the Coen Brothers' film The Big Lebowski - considered the most popular cult film of all time. It encourages viewers to relax, take it easy, and remember what's important in life. In his own unlikely way, The Dude provides an example for us all to emulate and admire - a perennial philosophy that has always existed to counter the excesses of civilization. Yet just as the rapid growth of civilization has been hard on humans, it has been even more crippling to the Asian elephant. From first-hand research done while reporting on elephants in Thailand, I've found that they are among the most dude of all the members of the animal kingdom: That is to say that they are social, loyal, friendly, playful and easygoing.
Meditation reminds the viewer to listen to one’s own heart. Knowing the elephant exists is proof that we exist. This elephant represents the admiration and faith in the elephant.
This elephant inspires recognition of the natural abundance and beauty. Flowers are an integral part of Thai Culture and are used in floral garlands to pay respect to Buddha. They are also presented and worn at many festive and happy occasions. Maa Lii is an ancient Thai word for “flower blossom” and represents the hope that the elephant will blossom again.
A golden princess, beauty beyond explanation. Simple elegance. The elephant is the symbol of wealth and wisdom. Whatever appears on the surface or the surroundings, the essence is in the soul of mankind. And the point of life is to enjoy it to the fullest. And leave only good behind.
This amazing artwork is created with sustainable and natural materials that were previously used for other purposes, reclaiming them and giving them life. The elephant is ready to fly from harm or fight back with ammo at the ready. The elephant needs sustainability and balance.
I brought my own snorkel.
Especially at a time in history when the arts and the environment are in peril, the Wyland Foundation is honored to support sustainable planet programs and partnerships like Elephant Parade to help bring attention to the Asian elephant and their plight being threatened with extinction and to help ensure a healthier planet and a bright outlook for the next generation.
The black and gold design found on this hand-painted elephant symbolizes happiness, success, attainment, and prosperity. Even within a field of darkness and unknown, a miracle can always bloom. If you follow your dream, you will one day emerge with happiness.
As the sun sets and tired souls prepare for some much needed rest, the moon awakes from its slumber and rises high into the sky to sit quietly in the blanket of blue. It is nighttime, a most magical time when the evening sky is filled with angels, our gentle guardians. One by one, their eyes twinkle with curiosity, illuminating the night sky. And as the night grows on, they continue to peek out from the heavens, watching over the world below, keeping us safe.
A tropical coconut is tough on the outside, but the benefit is within the skin. The elephant looks tough on the outside but is actually very sensitive, both on the shin and within. Both allowed to grow wild or nurtured carefully will thrive and benefit mankind many ways.
Inspired by a life filled with creativity and beauty, Ms. Rodkin designed an elephant whose armor grows when in danger. A masterful realization by Skinny Lewis.
The festival elephant is adored and honored. A spiritual being causing people to reflect in amazement that the earth is shared by mankind and other amazing creatures. India’s Taj Mahal was built by thousands of artisans in expression of unlimited beauty and love. So it should be with the elephants, thousands of peoples working together to save this spiritual creature.
Max Fleischer d.1972
Betty Boop has captured the heart of this elephant with her wide-eyed and alluring personality. Decorated with red and white polka dots and metallic gold trim, the elephant gazes at her with a sweet smile. A 1930’s depression era creation, BB gave hope to people deal with life’s struggles. When first introduced, Betty Boop was a dog catcher! Saving animals even then.
Is Anybody Listening?
Inspired by the character “Ernestine”, the artist Erin Boyle honors the legendary actress and honors her animal welfare activism. Communication is essential to understanding and meeting social and environmental needs. Ms. Tomlin granted Elephant Parade the privilege to have Ernestine ask, “Is Anybody Listening?”
All Eyes On Me
We must look closely. Study. Reflect. What looks dark may be a reflection of life’s situation. But there are solutions. But ALL EYES are needed to solve it. The elephants are a symbol of everything environmental. We must save and preserve both.
Nature: Cycle of Life
Life is a cycle, a balance of nature creating wonderful moments in time. Change can be unexpected and unpredictable, yet also bring new challenges.
We Love Mosha | USA
Mosha, a baby elephant, stepped on a landmine and lost her lower right leg. In need of urgent intensive care, she was rushed to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Thailand. While visiting the hospital, Marc Spits met baby Mosha and was inspired to create Elephant Parade. At the hospital, doctors healed Mosha so that she could walk with a prosthetic leg. Today, Elephant Parade continues to support Friends of the Asian Elephant in Thailand so that Asian Elephants like Mosha can have a bright future. In her honor, a special Mosha elephant is created for each Elephant Parade exhibition held around the world.