Anantara’s Elephant Parade is Coming to Bangkok
Cindy Sirinya Bishop
Some of Thailand’s top celebrities and artists are joining Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas to bring Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open air art exhibition, to Bangkok. There will be 88 life-sized brightly decorated elephant statues on display in honour of the 88th birthday of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Saharat “Kong” Sangkhapreecha
The first major Elephant Parade was held in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2007 and has since been exhibited throughout some of the world’s largest cities including London, Amsterdam, Milan and Hong Kong. The Bangkok Elephant Parade will be a first for Thailand and the only one for Bangkok.
Artists from all walks of life have been busy designing their elephants, each an original piece of art to paint a brighter future for the county’s national animal. Famous Thai supporters of Elephant Parade Bangkok include such as:
“I am so excited and honoured to be chosen to be one of the artists for the Elephant Parade. What a wonderful way to get people talking and taking action in elephant conservation,” Actress and Elephant Parade Bangkok Ambassador, Sirinya Bishop said. “The elephant is our country’s national animal and symbol, but somehow this once-revered and noble creature is now forced to beg for food on the busy and dangerous streets of the capital. I truly hope that this magnificent colourful pachyderm parade will raise the awareness and inspire us all to take more concrete steps to ensure their survival and wellbeing.”
The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF), was set up in 2006 to improve the plight of Thailand’s elephants, and has since been diversified to include welfare projects that incorporate broader philanthropic and cultural objectives with unprecedented success.
Cindy Sirinya Bishop
“Elephant Parade is very proud and excited to team up with such a great company as Anantara and The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. We share the same commitment and values in helping save the Asian elephant, ultimately from extinction. We’ve travelled all over the world with Elephant Parade and now it feels like we are coming home, with our upcoming event in Bangkok. I am sure this exposition will be our most exciting and colourful one to date,” Mike Spits, Elephant Parade® Founder.
Elephant Parade Tuk Tuk
Mr. Edmond Neo Kim Soon, Chief Executive Officer Chang International Co., Ltd., on behalf of Chang beer, the sponsor of Elephant Parade® Bangkok, stated Chang is glad to be a part of Elephant Parade, the first of its kind in Thailand. He added that Chang, as one of the main sponsors of Thai national soccer team, has invited soccer aces Therathorn Boonmathan, Kirkrit Taweekarn, Theerasilp Dangda, Sarat Yuyen, Narubodin Weerawattananodom, and Sintawee Hatairattanakul in a signing ceremony on an elephant statue. The event is a part of a fund raising campaign for Thai elephants. This is one of many corporate social responsibility events organized by Chang International Co., Ltd.”
Artist AJ Santi
“Elephants need our protection. Man kills them because of money; they kill them for the ivory and then sell it. We call it by such a beautiful name, ‘ivory’ but it’s just bone, what right do we have to kill them for a simple bone. Man also kills elephants because they need land to grow crops. The property is not theirs, it belongs to the Forestry Department and the elephant also is not theirs, so we have no right to kill them because of land issues. My design is about the truth. We need to protect these magnificent creatures. That’s why I have painted the symbol of protection on my elephant. The symbol means that elephants want to live in harmony with man and pray for the day that they won't harm them and that they will one day have a better life.”
“Elephants have long played an integral part in Thai history and life, yet there are issues to be addressed in order to protect them. I would like to encourage everyone to discourage any activity that threatens their welfare or habitat. Through our combined efforts, we can look forward to a future where elephants are given the respect and care they deserve as the proud symbol of Thailand.”
Elephant Disco Disco
“In my life, I have spent a lot of quality time with elephants. I grew up in a mahout family and started my movie career with an elephant as a co-star. So I want to thank all the people and organizations who take the time and resources to ensure the safety of these intelligent creatures in Thailand and around the world.”
“As a citizen of Thailand, I have always been passionate about helping the country’s national animal and as a result I founded The Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation (GTAEF) in 2006, in order to help improve the plight of Thailand’s elephants. It has since been diversified to include welfare projects that incorporate broader philanthropic, cultural and direct conservation objectives.To date, we’ve rescued over 40 elephants from Thailand’s city streets and 20 of those are now living in a jungle environment on the grounds next to Anantara Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai with their entire mahout family. The more awareness that is raised on the plight of domestic and wild elephants in Thailand the better the chances we have for their survival.”