After London the brightly painted elephant sculptures will be in India. 18th December, 57 fibreglass tigers worked upon by well-known contemporary artists such as Anjolie Ela Menon, Paresh Maiti, G R Iranna, Vivek Vilasini and Anandjit Ray, will be installed at 52 locations all over the city.
Aparajita Jain, director of the city-based Seven Art Gallery who, along with art collector Swapan Seth and social activist Nandita Kathpalia Baig conceived of the project..
They will then go to the 56 corporate patrons of the project who have paid Rs 1.5 lakh to book each. There’ll be a lucky draw held on December 19 at the Taj Mansingh hotel, conducted, interestingly by the head boy and girl of Vasant Valley School, to determine which company gets which sculpture.
The money raised will go to the Ranthambhore Foundation, the NGO run by Valmik Thapar, and will be used to empower the women and educate the children of the local “poaching tribes”. Hopefully doing so will give the tiger a better stab at evading extinction.