Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011
102 elephants came marching …
From Sydhavnen and Christiania to Østerbro – throughout the summer, the cityscape has been embellished with unique art elephants, which together comprise one of the largest ever outdoor art exhibitions in Denmark.
The colourful elephants are cast in fibreglass, and the participating artists and celebrities include such names as Bjørn Nørgaard, Leif Sylvester, Kristian von Hornsleth, Marco Evaristi, Poul Agger, Kristian Devantier, Lars Ravn, René Holm, Frodo Mikkelsen, Ole Ahlberg, Erik Clausen, Troels Trier, Lucy Love, Paul Cunningham and the Prince Consort of Denmark.
Organisation and purpose
For five years in a row, the Elephant Parade has raised money for endangered Asian elephants by putting art elephants on display in a number cities and then selling them at auction in respected auction houses. The men behind the project are Marc and Mike Spits from the Netherlands, who found their inspiration during a visit to the world’s first elephant hospital in northern Thailand. Altogether, approximately DKK 52 million has been raised, and hundreds of elephants have been rescued thanks to the funds raised, but much remains to be done to secure a future for the Asian elephant.
Decorated model elephants under the hammer
You can support the endangered Asian elephants by bidding online for your favourite in the Bruun Rasmussen online auction, which continues until 9 September.
The online auction will give way to a live auction on Friday 9 September, in which Jesper Bruun Rasmussen will finally auction off the art elephants during a major event and gala dinner at Scandic Copenhagen, Vester Søgade 6, Copenhagen V. Guests can bid live during the auction that evening. Contact Elephant Parade by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, to buy tickets for the live auction.
H.R.H. the Prince Consort of Denmark is patron of the Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011