Elephants are symbols of power, patience, and permanence. The Hindu consider the elephant as a bestower of good fortune. Asian culture views the elephant as a lumbering cosmic creature who represents happiness and longevity. In Dana Point, California, elephants symbolize social consciousness — and they are everywhere now — thanks to a unique open-air exhibition of pachyderm proportions. Marine artists like Wyland and celebrity designers have contributed to the special event in a united effort to bring attention to Asian elephants who are sadly near extinction.
One day, an elephant named Mosha stepped on an abandoned land mine. Mosha’s right front leg was severely maimed. As luck would have it, she was fitted with the first-ever prosthesis for a baby elephant. The story of Mosha became the stuff of legend — and spawned a vision for Mike and Marc Spits, a father and son who established the Elephant Parade, where sculpted Asian elephants are commissioned and painted artistically by local artists. Because of the social relevance of the project, support has grown since 2006 to include celebrities, politicians and corporate sponsorship. The show has raised millions of dollars to bring awareness to the tragic struggle for survival of these magnificently mammoth mammals. Elephant Parade also contributes funds for elephant clinics, hospitals and sanctuaries. The sculptural wonders are for sale — and some are offered in smaller scales, too. The exhibit is free — and the response has been enormous.
Join the Elephant Parade in Dana Point, from now through November 7, 2013. Closing Ceremonies commence on November 12 at Lantern Bay Park and conclude on November 16, 2013. Here’s the full schedule for the upcoming Closing Ceremonies:
Nov 12 2013 – 10:00am to Nov 16 2013 – 8:00pm
Lantern Bay Park; free public event. The whole herd will be collected together for one last reunion.
PUBLIC VIEWING DAYS — Tuesday 11/12 through Thursday 11/14
More than 3 dozen life-size baby elephhnts are on display as the artworks are available to see anytime during the day throughout the three day public viewing.
GOODBYE CELEBRATION — Friday 11/15 (12-6p) & Saturday 11/16 (10a-6p)
Local community supporters and merchants celebrate the farewell to a fantastic event. You can show your support of the Asian elephants by attending the finale festivities, which include art workshops, merchandise for sale, live concerts, local food and beverage vendor booths, and much more!
Purchase replicas and tribute pieces — or attend the grand auction on November 17, 2013. For more information, visit the official website.
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