The Care Parade

Elephant Parade® was founded by father and son Marc and Mike Spits in 2006.  Marc was inspired to create the Elephant Parade® after meeting Soriada Salwala whilst on holiday in Thailand. Soraida is the founder of the first elephant hospital in the world in Lampang, near Chiang Mai. Here, Marc met a baby elephant named Mosha, who had lost her leg after stepping on a landmine. Mosha inspired Marc to found Elephant Parade®.  It is Elephant Parade’s mission to become the world’s largest financial support organization for the Asian elephant, threatened with extinction.  The open air art exhibitions create worldwide attention, public awareness and support for the cause of elephant conservation.  The first Elephant Parade, the opened air art exhibition of decorated elephant statues, was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2007.  Created by local and international artists, each elephant is a unique piece of art. After the exhibition, all elephants are auctioned off by renowned auctioneers such as Christie’s and Sotheby’s.  Limited edition replicas are made from most of the original life-size elephants, varying in size from 10 to 75 cm.  The miniature elephants are hand painted by professional artists in Asia and sold through our web-shop and retail outlets in various cities.

The Care Parade Exhibition at Koi Art Gallery will showcase the elephant replicas from our unique elephant sculptures decorated by different talented artists, designers and celebrities such as “Pavonia” (75 cm. replica) from the exhibition in Singapore which was designed by Rebecca Sutherland, illustrator for London with her need to paint beautiful colors and patterns onto the elephant\\\'s surface to make it a gorgeous piece just like the majestic elephant. Also on the exhibits list this time are “Colorful Hope” (30 and 75 cm. replica), the replica from elephant statue from Elephant Parade held in London by Cako Martin, Brazilian artist who has been inspired by the shapes of nature and street culture to create this work, and “Siam Butterfly”, 75 cm. replica by Thongmai Thepram, the Thai Artist who embraced both eastern and western art to reflect the sweet sense of nature in the elephant’s breath.  His original work on the life size sculpture has been chosen to be showcased in the upcoming Elephant Parade in Hasselt, Belgium.

On the opening day of The Care Parade on July 27, 2012, the limited edition of “MOSHA” 75 cm. replica will be put on auction starting from 70,000 baht.  Part of the net proceed from the auction will be donated to The Asian Elephant Foundation to support the elephant hospital operation in Lampang.