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 Elephant Chalk Art at the Nairobi Nursery - 3/18/2014
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The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was honored to be visited by French artist Philippe Baudelocque on the 18th of March, who is best known for his street chalk art.  Made possible by Panah, a fashion production house founded by Morteza Saifi and Evgeniya Khromina, Philippe created a wonderful work of art on one of the buildings at the Trust’s Nairobi Nursery.  Working for 6 hours and through the public mud-bath hour, guests visiting the orphan elephants watched as Philippe created his chalk art drawing of an elephant, following his trademark cosmic theme.  The elephant orphans even came to see what Philippe was up to. 

“When I was a child, I was consumed by reports of animals.  To go to a country like Kenya to see wildlife was a dream.  Today, I am an artist, it is my way, and most of the time I draw animals. They are not only simply animals, they are much more, they are a reflection of ourself. They evoke the place and the role that human beings in the Universe can set. That's why to draw this cosmic elephant at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was fundamental.  Here I feel I am in the same community of acting and thinking.   We are on the same wave length; we have the same energy - appreciating the importance of protecting these unique animals and understanding the value they bring to our planet.”  Philippe Baudelocque 

The final work of art

Here you can see Philippe in action:










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