Elephant Parade 2010: Cako Martin

Bright and cheery ellie Colorful Hope is chillin outside of Harrods in Knightsbridge. I had the opportunity for a little chat with her enthusiastic creator Cako Martin who lives and works in Brazil. His work as been published in Cent Magazine in the UK and many others in the US, Brazil, Germany and Greece.

Read on for a bit about Cako’s elephant painting experience in Elephant & Castle, his participation in the Cow Parade in Sao Paulo and why London feels like a second home.

This is Cako:

And this is the lovely Colorful Hope:

As you can see, it was a teensy bit crowded over near Harrods with all of the weary tourists resting their feet. I went by a few times to get better pictures, but still the same.

Luckily, Cako’s letting me nick one from his website so you can see Colorful Hope more clearly.

(This one was taken by Murphyz on Cako’s site.)

LLO: First of all, tell us about your elephant.
CM: After my last exhibition called Peles/Skins that I used famous faces to compose my art, I’m studying more about it that how your skin can tell me something. In this moment, I composed this lines with maximum colors that I could use. Like my cow in Cow Parade, Brazil 2010, the Colorful Hope is so colorful. When I went to paint in London, it was funny ’cause we painted inside a “store” in a small mall in Elephant & Castle. You can find a thousand of different cultures there. Every day people asking me about my elephant, asking to take pictures. Well, lovely people interested in my work. It’s so nice! I choose the name thinking about this cause. My elephant is colorful and with this event we need to have hope for this elephant. I think Colorful Hope is a lovely name.

LLO: Since this is a London blog, what’s your favourite thing to do or see when you’re in London
I love London. I feel this place like my second home. I think London breathes fashion, design, history and architecture in every place. It is a big reference to me. Normally my favorite place is the museums. You have a lot of them and I love it.

LLO: You’re also participating in the Cow Parade in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where you live and work. Your cow has a very similar pattern to your elephant. Give us a bit of insight into the Cow Parade?
Yeah, my cow and elephant are living in the same world. The purpose of Cow Parade is similar of Elephant Parade – help a cause – but in this case, Cow Parade helps institutions here that take care of children.

LLO: What are you working on now and where can we see more of your work?
I’ve started my draws about next solo exhibition. It will be the part II of Peles/Skins but now with colors and Cow Parade and Elephant Parade I could show a little bit of. I’m Art Director/Illustrator of Young & Rubicam Brazil. It’s an advertising agency, and I am working in the design team. You can google it (laughs). Normally, I’ve posted my select works on Facebook, MySpace, CargoCollective, Society 6, Flickr and in my website: www.cakomartin.com

(Taken by Murphyz on Cako’s site.)

Location: Knightsbridge, outside Harrods

To read more about the Elephant Parade in London, click here

Elephant Parade 2010: Charlotte Kingsnorth & Fred Rigby

One of the most unique creations in the Elephant Parade is Pit Bingko. He’s got quite a sad expression, like he could do with a hug. Pit Bingko, I would say, is also the most realistic of the elephants with an amazingly wrinkly textured skin.

Here’s a few words from the artists, Charlotte Kingsnorth and Fred Rigby.

LLO: How did the two of you end up working together on your elephant? What’s your connection?
C&F: In 2004, we lived in university halls together whilst studying a Foundation Arts Course at Kingston University. After this we both went our separate ways to study Furniture design (Charlotte went to Buckinghamshire and Fred stayed at Kingston) but stayed in contact. We had been talking about doing a project together since leaving university and the Elephant Parade seemed like a great cause and the perfect excuse to experiment with ideas and materials.

LLO: All of the elephants are very different, but yours stands out as unique mainly because of the texture. He also looks a bit like he needs a hug. How did you come up with the idea for Pit Bingko?
We wanted to emulated and exemplify the texture of an Asian Elephant and then distort it by exaggeration.

LLO: Describe the process that you went through to create the textured look.
Layers, layers and more layers of assorted mediums.

LLO: Seeing as this is a London blog, tell us about someone, something or somewhere in London you’ve discovered and think the rest of us should know about.
The best things are always better kept a secret!

LLO: Where can we see more of your work?
 To see more of our work take a look at: www.charlottekingsnorth.com and  www.fredrigby.com


Location: Green Park

To read more about the Elephant Parade in London, click here

Elephant Parade 2010: Adam Bridgland

This is Adam Bridgland who lovingly created Oran (You Stole My Heart) for the Elephant Parade.

He has spared a few moments to share the story behind the design of his elephant.

LLO: Tell us a bit about creating your elephant. 
My elephant was named after my son Oran, who was born shortly after I agreed to be part of the elephant parade.  The design evolved from two prints called ‘You Stole My Heart’ and ‘Nine For A Kiss’, which I completed in early 2009.  The design just seemed to fit perfectly with the sentiment of the project.  The four birds are a reference to my son, taken from the line ‘Four For A Boy’ from the old English magpie rhyme. I also wanted to use a bird that was synonymous with London other than the common pigeon.  The magpie is a beautiful but maligned bird due to its connection to superstition and old wives tales.

LLO: Describe a perfect day in London.
I think the perfect day in London for me is hanging out with my family and friends in and around Islington, visiting the restaurants, shops and bars of Upper Street.  Since moving to London from Cambridge I have always lived around Arsenal so the area around Highbury and Islington always feels like home.

LLO: Where can we see more of your work? 
 You can see more of my work by going to either http://www.adambridgland.co.uk or http://www.tagfinearts.com.  You can also find out what I am up to by visiting my blog http://www.adambridglandartist.blogspot.com.

Location: Notting Hill Gate

To read more about the Elephant Parade in London, click here.

Make Way for The Elephant Parade

In a few days, central London will be transformed into an urban jungle with 250 life-size baby elephants standing on street corners, parks and buildings around the capital. Each elephant is a unique creation by an artist, fashion designer, organisation or celebrity, including painter Mythili Thevendrampillai who was featured for London Art Spot at the end of February.

Mythili and ElephantI took this shot of Mythili with her painted baby elephant at her show in March.

Some other artists to look out for include Alice Temperley, Baroness Carrie von Reichardt (who I just mentioned here the other day), Diane von Furstenberg, Lulu Guinness, Matthew Williamson, Tommy Hilfiger and lots more.

The Elephant Parade has been called London’s biggest outdoor art event on record with an estimated audience of an impressive 25 million. Not only is it creative, but it’s for a good cause: conservation of the Asian elephant. In the last 100 years, the population of these wild guys has shrunk by over 90%. Where there were once 250,000 elephants roaming about, now there’s only 25,000 which means they could be extinct by in about 40 years. The Elephant Parade was founded by father and son Mike and Marc Spits in Holland. The parade supports a charity called The Elephant Family founded by trustee Mark Shand after travelling around India on his elephant, Tara.

The jungle beasts are in the city until the end of July when they will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s. The campaign is aiming to raise £2 million for the Asian elephant and benefit 20 UK conservation charities.

There’s a map here. If you find an elephant, snap a photo, stick it in the Flickr pool if you like and I’ll put ’em up on the blog.

More info on everything here!