If you have been out in Singapore lately, you would have noticed brightly coloured elephants all around the city. They are part of the Elephant Parade's open-air exhibition dedicated to saving the Asian elephants from extinction. If you ask me, this is a brilliant concept to raise awareness, while raising funds! The elephants are uniquely painted by local and international artists, and will be auctioned off by Sotheby's in January 2012.
The first Elephant Parade was in Rotterdam in 2007, and has since been to Antwerp, Amsterdam, Emmen, London and Bergen. There were four exhibitions this year, starting from Heerlen, Copenhagen, Milan and finally, Singapore. Part of the proceeds are in aid of the Asian Elephant Foundation.
The Asian elephants are lovely animals. They are huge, and yet gentle. I learnt this first hand when I was in Chiang Mai, Thailand earlier this year. Will write about my amazing experience in the Elephant Nature Park next, but in the meantime, enjoy these brightly coloured elephants parading around the streets of Singapore.