ART PROJECT: BRONZE ELEPHANT SCULPTURES
At Izindlovu Fund we believe that Art and Nature go hand in hand because an artwork makes a statement about both nature and humanity’s relationship to nature.
Elephants play a key role in ecosystems, so their conservation has become more vital in recent years due to poaching rise and human-elephant conflict. At this moment, the African savanna elephant is threatened with extinction as they are now listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
ART IS AN ACTION TO DO SOMETHING:
we are very excited to share with you our first big ART PROJECT in collaboration with CAFMEYER GALLERY from Belgium to support elephant conservation in South-Africa.
The French artist François Vandenberghe – internationally known for his amazing and very realistic bronze sculptures of elephants – has created 2 new sculptures based on 2 elephants from the Jabulani Herd in South Africa: Sebakwe & Tokwe.
The artist is very enthusiastic about this new collaboration. As a man who always fought for the survival of elephants in the wild, this new project has his full support.
Therefore he has made a male and female bronze elephant to emphasize the continued existence of elephants all around the world.
These 2 LIMITED EDITION bronze sculptures, in an edition of 51 each,
will be launched in the weekend of July 24 & 25 at the CAFMEYER GALLERY in Knokke.
These sculptures will be sold exclusively by Cafmeyer Gallery
to support the IZINDLOVU FUND for the benefit of HERD, South Africa’s first elephant orphanage
Availability is limited, you can pre-order sculptures. Worldwide shipment is available.
Of those 8500€, 1000€ will be donated
through Izindlovu Fund to support HERD, South Africa’s first elephant orphanage
HERD is South Africa’s first dedicated elephant orphanage, founded in April 2019 by Adine Roode.
The detrimental effects of the human-elephant conflict, including poaching, can be seen on the ground with the increased number of displaced or abandoned elephant orphans.
HERD strives to care for and rehabilitate orphaned elephants, to give them a new family and a second chance of life with the Jabulani Herd.
The bronze sculpture “Tokwe” by artist François Vandenberghe was created after the image of the matriarch elephant in the Jabulani herd. She led the way for the original herd that was rescued from Zimbabwe. She is exceptionally kind, patient, accepting and nurturing, always leading by example and an excellent decision maker. Tokwe is mother herself of two elephants and continues to welcome any orphans to her family too.
The bronze sculpture “Sebakwe” was created after the image of the dominant male elephant in the Jabulani herd. He is a confident and reliable elephant, who acts protectively and genuinely cares about every elephant in the herd. He commands respect and has a cheerful personality.