Three elephants, shot with poachers’ poisoned arrows, make their way to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for help. I find it incredible that this wild elephant and two of his friends would look to humans to save their lives.
“Fortunately, these elephants wound up in exactly the right place. Over several hours, the veterinary team sedated the three bulls and treated their arrow wounds, cleaning out the poisoned areas and filling them with antibiotics and protective clay.” Ameena Schelling thedodo.com
The DSWT reports that the elephants came to the right place and are doing well.
Photo property of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Christy wanted to find the ivory poacher’s routes, so he had convincing fake tusks made and fitted them with GPS trackers.
Christy says that the ivory trade is not just genocide in terms of elephants but it is also crimes against humanity. The entire interview helps clarify the bigger picture – it’s not a simple equation (the Chinese have an insatiable need for ivory). This journalist’s story is worth a listen!
Two shots from The Big Picture at Gallery 314 on Main Street in Kutztown. There are close to 6000 elephant prints on this 47′ wall. The sculpture in the second shot was made by Peter Jon Snyder. I was thrilled that local art critic Ron Shira wrote in the Reading Eagle: “a powerful show – not to be missed”.
If you did miss it I have good news! The Big Picture will be on exhibit at Alvernia University starting on February 16 with Peter Jon Snyder’s sculpture – the one in this photo and possibly some others!
Tuesday I reached the halfway point… 18,000 elephants. On day 4, in early February, I was waffling, wondering if I could keep this going, at some point in June it did start to feel like a job. And, not to pat myself on the back, but I did it! and now I’m going to switch gears a bit.
is a collagraph plate/matrix in the making. So far it has 40 baby elephants – I should be able to get 99 squeezed in and be printing press-ready in 3 or 4 days!
The plan is for one of a kind mixed media prints with gouache, ink and PanPastels. The people at Colorfin, (PanPastels), have developed some amazing new products that I cannot wait to use. The plate is 10″ x 12″; should it disintegrate before I get 182.5 prints pulled I will probably make some smaller grouping of elephants. Making collagraph plates is one of my favorite processes but the opportunity to print doesn’t present itself very often so I’m very excited about this phase of the project!
In the meantime the tiny herd traveled to Chautauqua, NY in July, where I met the owner of P Street Pictures from DC and she has featured this project on their website. P Street Pictures has moved to O Street if you are in the area and want to have a look!
This project has made it into the local news with a story in the Reading Eagle if you are a subscriber, on the Berks Arts Council’s show on BCTV and on Channel 69 News!
what to write…
today is earth day – earth day – elephant day – the same thing
I am a little bit behind on elephant production – the sale of elephants is not quite covering the cost of supplies yet – but it will come in time.
Many elephants are out on the road this month – three days worth (297 elephants) are on display at the Art Deska Gallery in Phoenixville and another 297 at Studio B in Boyertown. In September I will have an installation with about 4,500 elephants at Gallery 314 in Kutztown, on a 60’ long wall.
This is what the installations look like (this one is in my studio and is 4′ x 7′ – 297 elephants).
This week 99elephantsaday sent the funds to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for fostering two elephant orphans – Sonju and Sweet Sally. You can look them up if you’d like – I’m so excited to have reached this point in the project where I can begin to send money to the elephant orphans and the people who are helping them to thrive. And, I want to thank all the people who are supporting this project!
I initially became aware of the DSWT through Facebook and have been following them for years trying to figure out how to help. If you’d like to purchase one of my original ‘paint prints’ like the one at the top of this page, you can find them on etsy.
The other day I was reading the blog of wildlife filmmaker Mark Deeble describing a ‘great tusker’ in Tsavo, approaching a waterhole – it took him an hour to cover a kilometer, zigzagging across the terrain, stopping to hide his tusks in this bush and then the next bush and while he listened for poachers. The elephants know exactly what is going on!
I’d hoped I’d be able to write more in this blog – I’m learning so much! But so far, I’ve had just enough time to alert readers to some of the well written words of others. By the end of this week I will have completed 6000 paint prints – 1/6th of the 36,000 elephants. They are taking over my studio – a 4’x8′ wall that holds three days worth of elephants, and a suitcase full, also a drafting table covered with some of my favorites for people who stop in the studio and a basket or two, plus a 3′ round wire cage I’m calling the elephant containment system. It should be full in another 8 or 9 weeks.
#2874 – available at www.etsy.com/shop/99elephantsaday