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The Orphans - Elephants of Tomorrow Sculpture

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A congregation of elephants who have appeared for a reason
This I wasn't expecting - it just seemed to appear overnight, but I felt it was more than worthy of some explanation...

On the 4th of December last year, an installation of 21 life-size bronze elephants appeared in Marble Arch. The life-size installation consists of 20 baby elephants, modelled on real orphaned baby elephants in the care of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The final elephant is a mother, located centre of the herd.

The interesting thing about the elephants you can see is exactly what I mentioned earlier - each one is modelled on a real elephant in care, meaning these elephants are not celebrating members of a species that no longer exist, as most statues do, rather they are urging the viewer to celebrate the life of a real living animal, and therefore foind out how to interract with it on a real level. For this reason, each elephant has information about them to read, in order to raise not just awareness, but funds for these and the next generation of elephants, so they will grow up healthy and well-supported.

Each sculpture has information about that particular elephant, with a name and an interactive information board, so each elephant takes on its own unique personality, with its own character. It is actively encouraged to take pictures of the elephants, with the hashtag #ElephantsOfTomorrow, to further extend the knowledge and help for these wonderous animals.

Head down to Marble Arch Lawn to check them out for yourselves.
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Why? A celebration of elephants, with a call for help too
When: Anytime over the next year
Phone: 254 (0) 202301396
Where: Marble Arch Lawn, Tyburn Way, London W1H 7EJ
Cost: free (though a donation for the charity would be gratefully accepted)
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