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The Orphans is a sculpture exhibit featuring 21 life-size bronze elephants, a mother and 20 orphaned elephants, each orphan symbolises a real elephant currently in the care of the SWT, displayed in the centre of Marble Arch, London from 4th December 2019, for one year. Created, and funded, by internationally acclaimed artists Gillie and Marc, the sculpture aims to raise funds and awareness for this next generation of elephants who will grow up into the healthy and supported elephants of tomorrow thanks to the SWT.
Bringing elephant conservation to the heart of London and into the minds of the millions able to visit The Orphans sculpture - together we can secure a future for the elephants of tomorrow.
4 December 2019 – 4 December 2020
Marble Arch Lawn. Entry is free.
From Kenya to the heart of London, our sculpture ‘herd’ arrived in London on 4th December, where they will reside for the next 12 months. You can come and meet the 21 life-size bronze elephants and get to know the real-life orphans that have inspired the twenty orphans, who stand around a central mother figure. Each sculpture includes the name of the orphan they symbolise and an interactive information board, enabling you to read the unique rescue story of each elephant and directly support their rehabilitation journey. To help create awareness of our work in the rescue and rehabilitation of orphaned elephants, so that we can save more lives, we encourage you to take photos when you visit and to share these on your social media accounts using the hashtag #ElephantsOfTomorrow
The exceptional Gillie and Marc create some of the world’s most innovative public art, spreading messages of love, equality, and conservation around the world. Their highly coveted sculptures and paintings can be seen in art galleries and public sites in over 250 cities.
They hope that The Orphans will bring the plight faced by elephants today to the forefront of people’s minds and hearts as they ask us to consider how our actions will affect their survival.
This is a sculpture that represents more than orphaned calves. This is a yearlong celebration of hope and strength for the generation who will grow up into the healthy and supported elephants of tomorrow thanks to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The future of their species in the wild relies on this young generation being strong. Strength we can all help to provide. Because by December next year, when this sculpture leaves London, they’ll have only 19 years left to defy the odds with another generation to follow. This is a sculpture for positive change. One we won’t let become a memorial.
A victim of the climate crisis, Maisha was found collapsed near a water hole during a prolonged drought. It is likely she became separated from her herd after she became too weak to keep up with the search for food and water.
Poaching and human-wildlife conflict claims the loves of up to 55 elephants a day. Symbolising peace and calm, the artists choose the colour blue to draw attention to our elephant mother’s tusks and our collective hope for the future of elephants and an end to elephant poaching.
Gillie and Marc have created 25 limited edition miniature bronzes of each the orphan elephants represented in the life-size London installation. For every purchase, 50% will be donated to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to further our work in the rescue, hand-raising and reintegration of elephants in Kenya.
Purchase your very own limited edition Elephants of Tomorrow resin sculpture, available in a range of colours, and help support the work of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, with 30% proceeds directed to the Orphans' Project.
We are currently caring for 100 orphaned elephants, each with their own unique personality and story of rescue. All need specialist care and love to thrive, so they can enjoy a life in the wild when grown.
Your donation will ensure the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust can be there for elephants. Protecting those living wild and providing the rescue and rehabilitation for the babies left orphaned, so that they can return to a life in the wild when grown.