The Art of the Elephant Parade  彩繪做慈善 ── 繽紛大象巡展

 

 精英翻譯社轉自http://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0062/274520/web/

   In 2006, father and son Marc and Mike Spits were on holiday in Thailand. There they met Mosha, a baby elephant that had lost a foot in an accident. They were so moved by Mosha's injury that the Spits family began the Elephant Parade in 2007.

  2006 年時,馬可‧史匹茲和兒子麥可去泰國度假。他們在那裡遇到一隻叫做 Mosha 的小象,牠在一場意外中失去了一隻腳。他們很同情小象 Mosha 受傷的遭遇,於是史匹茲一家人在 2007 年開始發起大象巡展。

  When you first hear about the Elephant Parade, it sounds like a circus1, but it is not. In truth, the Elephant Parade is a traveling art show that features elephant statues and makes money for their protection. It is made up of life-sized2 baby elephant statues, and each one is a unique work of art3 by a world-class artist. The collection of over 100 statues appears around the world and has traveled across Asia, Europe, and North America. It is more than just a show, though. In each city where the Elephant Parade stops, some of the statues are put up for auction4. The money made by selling the statues goes to protecting Asian elephants. There has been at least one show each year since the Elephant Parade began, which is great for both elephants and art lovers alike.

  當你第一次聽到大象巡展的時候,會覺得聽起來像是馬戲團,但其實並非如此。事實上,大象巡展是一個巡迴的藝術展,主要展出大象的雕塑品,並把賺來的錢用來保護大象。展覽是由和小象一般大小的雕塑品所組成,每一尊雕塑品都是世界級的藝術家獨一無二的創作。這一批一百多件的雕塑收藏品出現在世界各地,巡迴地點遍及亞洲、歐洲和北美。但是,這不僅僅是一場展覽。在每一個大象巡展停留的城市,會將一些雕塑品進行拍賣。賣出雕塑品的所得,都被用來保護亞洲大象。自從大象巡展開始之後,每年至少都會舉辦一次巡展,這對大象和藝術愛好者來說都是美事一樁。

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