Elephant name: The Hiding Men And The Elephant
Artist: Carrie Chau
Parade: Hong Kong 2014
Inspiration: "When we hide beneath a thick cloth, we are unable to tell an elephant clearly in the dark. The elephant’s ears were thought of as spade; her tail as hemp; her foot as tree trunk; her rough body as brick wall. Once we throw away the thick cloth ... or light up a candle, we will be able to see what the elephant looks like and discrepancies will also disappear. Whilst this piece is inspired by the parable of Buddhism, "The blind men and an elephant", it also digs at the way I look at different matters – jumping to conclusions based on a smattering of knowledge (as illustrated in the story). As an example, I do not know very much about Asian elephants, I only had two contacts with elephants, not to mention those contacts were just some touristic photo shoots. I’ve always had the impression that their bodies are so strong and powerful, how on earth would they need our protection?
Shameful to say.
Given the honour to collaborate with Elephant Parade once again, I also had the opportunity to carefully study the Asian elephants, making myself aware of the difficulties they are now facing, such as hunted and killed due to illegal ivory trades as well as conflicts arising as a result of insufficient habitats between human beings and elephants ... through which I understand that we have an urgent need to protect these endangered animals.
This depicts a different angle of perception -- “elephants are not as strong as I had imagined and need to be cherished by men.” "
All Elephant Parade replicas are carefully handcrafted in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Due to its handcrafted nature each piece is unique and might vary slightly in design.