Elephants in Glasgow



Andy Warhol, African Elephant, from Endangered Species

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.


Two Boys on an Elephant, this Norman Rockwell painting, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman published August 16, 1919.

The stork-legged elephant is one of the surrealist’s best known Icons in many Salvador Dalí works.

Les Elephants: Salvador Dali’s surreal painting.

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.


Elephant Parade at Braehead in Glasgow 23-02-2014

            Today I was as lucky enough to catch the multi-coloured elephants while they were on parade at Braehead in Glasgow.


Elephant Parade at Braehead in Glasgow 23-02-2014

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.


Elephant parade 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


Elephant Parade at Braehead in Glasgow 23-02-2014

After the exhibition in the city, which may last many months, the statues are auctioned off and the proceeds donated to charity.


Elephant Parade at Braehead in Glasgow 23-02-2014

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


Elephant Parade at Braehead in Glasgow 23-02-2014


So, here is the secret of happiness.



About conservationwithella

Hello, I'm Ella, Art on Paper Conservator & Preservation Manager at Glasgow University Archives and Special Collections. This blog is a walk through my daily life, work, arts & crafts history, my discovery that everything in my life is enough to be a continuous source of reflection. I started blogging to entertain myself but I hope you enjoy it too. I'm sure you agree, that Life without art is nothing. :)

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