Seven custom-painted, life-size elephant sculptures will appear in Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE — in the heart of downtown Los Angeles — on the corner of S. Figueroa St. and Chick Hearn Ct., starting at 10 AM Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 – 7PM Friday, Oct. 25, 2013.
The herd consists of colossal creations from select Elephant Parade® artists including Khloe Kardashian, Andre Miripolski, Sona Mirzaei, and Laura Seeley as well as the newest elephant to join the herd, an elephant that was commissioned by Wells Fargo Private Bank— and designed by Richard Saul Wurman, creator of the globally-acclaimed TED conferences.
“Our love of large creatures is pervasive in mankind. We love animals that reflect our fantasy that is the best of our species. We love whales, dolphins, dogs and elephants, and even monkeys that urinate on us.” – Richard Saul Wurman
The displayed designs are a small part of over 80 –count elephant herd that makes up Elephant Parade: Welcome to America currently on display in Dana Point, CA. This L.A. LIVE installation is a chance for Angelenos to see the colossal creations and help raise awareness about the creative campaign focused on saving the Asian Elephant.
Elephant Parade was founded in 2006 inspired by a baby elephant named Mosha, who became the world's first elephant to be fitted with a prosthetic limb after stepping on a landmine. Her journey inspired the Spits’ to create Elephant Parade — the world’s largest public art exhibition dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the endangered Asian elephant. The upcoming Grand Auction on November 17 in Dana Point will be the first-ever Elephant Parade auction America with proceeds benefitting The Asian Elephant Foundation and Think Elephants International.