Truly indeed, elephants are the largest existing land mammals on Earth. And as a result, they require large areas of land, with food and water, in order to survive. As human populations have grown around the world, elephant populations have significantly decreased due to rapid habitat loss and human-elephant conflict. For this reason, Elephant Family and The Real Elephant Collective have partnered to launch CoExistence. In other words, it is an environmental art installation of 100 life-sized lantana elephant sculptures that are making their way across the globe. Significantly, these sculptures have gone on display in front of Buckingham Palace.
And although in the past we’ve seen small numbers of bronze elephants take up residence in Spitalfields, these life-sized herds are a bit more eye-catching. They’re incredible to look at, but are not just there for our viewing pleasure. Instead they’re meant to share an important message, encouraging us to live peacefully alongside animals on a planet that’s continuously losing space. So, you might be lucky enough to glimpse a herd of elephants if you ever go on a safari. But if you’re heading into Central London you’re in for a surprise.
Thus, check out the gallery below. Also, don’t forget to share these pictures with your friends!
#1 The display of elephant sculptures in front of the Mall, with Buckingham Palace seen in the background.
#2 They were installed by Elephant Family as part of the CoExistence campaign.
Enjoy the @CoExistence_UK with the @elephantfamily – congratulations to the incredible team who have set the Elephants on their journey! 🐘 🐘🐘#coexistence #coexistenceproject #elephantfamily #sudeleycastle #congratulations pic.twitter.com/CcdGEBroJk— Ewan Venters (@ewanventers) May 21, 2021
#3 Each of the sculptures are modelled on a real life elephant counterpart and made from lantana.
#Coexistence campaign at @PetershamN Elephant Family Afternoon Tea raising funds for @elephantfamily #elephantfamily @coexistence #coexistenceproject #elephants #londonelephants #elephantsculpture #biodiversity pic.twitter.com/UZbdMTize3— Save me I’m Wild (@Savemeimwild) June 28, 2021
#4 The elephants are here to tell their story about the inspiring ways we can co-exist with all the other living beings that make our world magical.
#5 The sculptures are in sale for between £6,000 for a calf and £30,000 for a full grown elephant following a tour around London’s parks.
#6 All proceeds will go to the work of Elephant Family, including securement of wildlife corridors to enable safe movement for animals and people.
And a total privilege to watch this man perform (in the rain), the great @SteveWinwood supporting the @elephantfamily @CoExistence_UK at @SudeleyCastle #coexistenceproject #elephantfamily #stevewinwood pic.twitter.com/mNmPQNKRje— Ewan Venters (@ewanventers) May 21, 2021