Surely you've seen this band of orphans wandering about – after all, these curious creatures are truly a sight for sore eyes. London in the summer was the perfect time for a visit to the big city, but now it's got these sweet elephants wondering – what might it be like to live here a bit longer? Imagine what our world could look like where humans and animals share their homes more consciously than they do now.
In the form of a monumental sculpture, Gillie and Marc have brought the lives of elephants to the forefront of peoples minds at Marble Arch in London. The biggest elephant sculpture in the world, ‘The Orphans’ comments on the thousands of calves which are orphaned every day because of the selfish actions of humans. In the sculpture, 20 orphaned elephant calves are running towards a mother, representing the mother that all the babies have lost.
To coincide with the public sculpture, the artists have transformed each of the 20 baby elephants into a beautiful print. The prints will be exhibited to give the public another look at the beautiful elephant calves, to help them to fall in love with them, and to remind them of what could be lost if we don’t work together to save them. This exhibition along with the sculpture will be the most important exhibition for elephant conservation in the world.
The individual calves are named and based off a real orphaned elephant from the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an elephant orphanage in Kenya, which Gillie and Marc visited on a trip in 2018. The artists wanted to show the real stories and personalities of the lives left behind and to inspire the desire to do more. Therefore, each of the real calves in Kenya is available for the public to adopt. By going to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust website, the public can play an active role in the daily care and overall survival of the calf.
Limited edition Giclée print printed on Canson Edition Etching Rag 310gsm, 100% acid free, 100% cotton rag paper
Contemporary Photography, Wildlife, Happy Art
A2= 23.4 x 16.5 inch | 594 x 420 mm (Total print size including white border)
A1= 33.1 x 23.4 inch | 841 x 594 mm (Total print size including white border)
A limited edition giclée print is the closest substitute to one of Gillie and Marc’s original paintings. Limited edition giclée prints are produced on Canson Edition Etching Rag 310gsm, 100% acid free, 100% cotton rag paper, with a 40mm white border. Giclée prints are virtually indistinguishable from originals and widely accepted & endorsed by fine art experts.
The print will be wrapped in tissue before being rolled into a rigid poster tube. All prints are signed and editioned by the artists and include an embossed Gillie and Marc logo in the corner. A certificate of authenticity will accompany this print artwork.
Museum Grade Paper
Canson Edition Etching Rag is a 100% cotton Fine Art paper with a smooth texture, reminiscent of the original genuine etching and printmaking papers. The paper has the purest white tone available on the market, without any Optical Brightening Agents, also called OBAs. Optical Brightening Agents are artificial brighteners that deteriorate in time. Canson Edition Etching Rag offers a high paper shade stability and a resistance to ageing by using natural minerals.
This museum-grade paper provides deep blacks, excellent image sharpness, optimum colour graduation and its unique slight grain makes it ideal for printing detailed work, colour photographs and exceptional black and white portraits.
Caring For Your Artwork
Your new print is very delicate. Please keep your print protected until it is framed to avoid damage. Gillie and Marc can frame your print, however if you have opted to receive your print in a tube, we recommend this to be opened by a professional framer as it is fragile and difficult to re-roll. Regardless of whether your print is framed, we always suggest to keep out of direct sunlight.
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