The series of elelphant sculptures by Andries Botha are symbolic references that call people to new, imaginative conversations with our faltering co-existence with other living things.
The collective of life-size elephants - currently numbering 14 - are placed in various locations around the world to catalyze such converations. The elephant on exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery has been woven out of recycled car tyres. Made in collaboration with the Magqubu Ntombela Foundation and the Wilderness Foundation - under the patronage of world-renowned conservationist Dr Ian Player - it is destined to travel to the ninth World Wilderness Congress in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.
This exhibition, Nomkhubulwane, also serves as the launch of the KZNSA's three year social sculpture programme. Funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund which aims to use the methodologies of Joseph Beuys to facilitate new values, new forms of thinking and new ways of being in the world.
The production of this elephant and its exhibition at the KZNSA Gallery is sponsored by the Charles James (Lilleshall) Trust, The Human Elephant Foundation, the Magqubu Ntombela Foundation, Premat and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.