An elephant from Stone Age rock-art to Modern age street-art exhibitions has remained a popular subject for artists. They are presented in Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol arts.
The stork-legged elephant is one of the surrealist’s best known Icons in many Salvador Dalí works.
The phrase “elephants never forget” refers to the belief that elephants have excellent memories. Asian cultures admire the high intelligence, they symbolize wisdom and royal power. The elephant also became a symbol of military might from the experience of fighting foreign powers that fielded war elephants throughout history. Many African cultures revere the African Elephant as a symbol of strength and power.
Today I was as lucky enough to catch the multi-coloured elephants while they were on parade at Braehead in Glasgow.
First came Cow Parade, in Switzerland in 1998, the concept of “cow parade” has its origins in Zürich, Switzerland, in 1998 by artistic director Walter Knapp. The Zürich exhibit 1998 was not called “cow parade” – it was called “Land in Sicht” (roughly translated as “Countryside in view”). The concept was brought to the United States when Chicago businessman Peter Hanig, along with Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Lois Weisberg, organized an event in Chicago in 1999. A Swiss company, CowHolding Parade AG, started to explore the idea. The American company that explored this idea, CowHolding Parade, was founded in 1999; the Swiss company promptly sued but the case fizzled out without results. A bronze casting of one of the cows is on permanent display in Chicago in commemoration of the city’s initial exhibition.
On holiday in Thailand, Marc Spits met Mosha, a young elephant who had lost a leg to a landmine. Mosha and Soraida Salwala, founder and Secretary General of Friends of the Asian Elephant (FAE), inspired Marc to create Elephant Parade. This public art exhibition raises awareness and funds to help give the Asian elephant a future and the first Elephant parade was in Rotterdam in 2007.
This year next coloured parades are
9 Mar 2014 Potteries, Stoke
7 Apr 2014 Chapelfield, Norwich
5 May 2014 Lakeside, Essex
2 Jun 2014 Uxbridge
30 Jun 2014 Bromley
28 July 2014 London
After the exhibition in the city, which may last many months, the statues are auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity.
The idiom Elephant in the room tells of an obvious truth that no one wants to discuss, alluding to the animal’s size compared to a small space.
Yes, There is no room for discussion
Leave the elephants safely in their own nature
So, here is the secret of happiness.