‘How Many Elephants’ Exhibition Is Closing The Gap Between Scientific Information And Human Connection.
Holly Budge gives a voice to the critical African Elephant crisis with her hard-hitting exhibition showcasing in White Space Alresford, this February 2018.
Few people know that 96 African elephants are poached each day for their ivory. At this astonishing rate they will be extinct by 2025. World record adventurer, artist and conservationist, Holly Budge, has turned this disheartening statistic into a powerful art installation that presents a physical commentary on the devastating impact of the elephant ivory trade, to raise awareness and funds to support anti-poaching projects. Over 1000 school children will visit the exhibition for workshops with plenty already inspired. “I loved the exhibition with all the elephants on the walls and the excitement of trying to guess how many! I was so inspired by Holly's stories that I decided to buy her limited edition ’96 Elephants’ print with money I had saved and donate a £1 for each elephant killed in an average day in Africa” say Henry, aged 11, from Sun Hill Juniors, Alresford. The students are supporting #howmanyelephants by colouring their own elephant artwork to be displayed in their respective school exhibitions.
It is hard to comprehend 35,000+ elephants are being slaughtered annually simply to satisfy deep-rooted traditions, myths and desires of some. Holly has weaved this shocking statistic into her craft to close the gap between scientific information and human connection. White Space Alresford is displaying approximately 100,000 elephants (3 years worth of poached elephants) in a striking floor to ceiling display, using a monochrome palette to reflect the indifference of these animals in their fate. Holly Budge says, “Part of the originality of this exhibition is in my approach to avoid gruesome and shocking imagery to portray the facts. To actually see this data visually is very impactful. It is not about scaring people or assigning blame, it’s about raising awareness of the enormity of the poaching crisis.”
A survey carried out by the International Fund for Animal Welfare revealed that 70% of the Chinese population, the most prominent ivory consumers, are not aware that removing ivory from an elephant means to end the life of that elephant. The Chinese word for ivory literally translates to tooth giving a false sense their ivory is replenishable. This is a stark reminder that greater awareness and education is needed and quickly. ‘To stop the poacher the trader must be stopped. To stop the trader the final buyer must be convinced not to buy mammal ivory of any sort,’ said Daniel arap Moi, Former Kenyan President.
This exhibition will travel to international cities, including Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong over the next 12 months. Holly is curious how the different audiences will react to the exhibition and will record the behaviours, comments and feedback via film and social media. For the duration of the exhibition, Holly is inviting businesses, charities and schools to use White Space Alresford, free of charge, as a venue to host meetings, talks and workshops with a conservation focus, with the exhibition as a backdrop. Bookings will be essential. “What a beautiful piece of art which also highlights the need to end the killing of Africa’s elephants by reducing the demand for ivory,” Tusk said.
The Exhibition Details:
Dates: January 12th – Feb 25th 2018
Next public view is Saturday 10th Feb, 10-3pm. Free entry.
Venue: White Space Alresford, The Old Chapel, The Dean, Alresford. SO24 9AX
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