For most people in the world it seems impossible to think of living alongside large and dangerous animals, particularly elephants. Yet, people and elephants have always lived together, and continue to coexist at very high densities in India.
CoExistence is an environmental art exhibition featuring 100+ life size lantana elephants.
Every member of the herd is modelled on a real wild elephant that roams a matrix of forests, plantations and towns in the Nilgiri Hills of Southern India. Covered mostly by tea and coffee plantations and patches of forest, these hills are home to a quarter of a million people and 150 magnificent wild elephants. Here people and elephants coexist in denser populations than anywhere else in the world. Their story, and that of the Adivasi farming communities who have learned to successfully live alongside them, is one the whole world can learn from.
It is in these hills that 70 Adavasi artisans have spent the past five years recreating every elephant they live alongside, in intricately detailed sculptural form.
With every giant footstep taken, the herd will raise funds to enable people to live in harmony with the world’s last remaining wild animals.
You can support pioneering CoExistence projects by making a donation or by buying an elephant.
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