May meeting: Phloon trip and talk from the artist

08 May May meeting: Phloon trip and talk from the artist

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Date: Thursday 20th May 6pm. Venue: Exhibition Road, London. Look out for the big ceramic elephant pictured below. All welcome

We have our London monthly meetings every 3rd Thursday of the month. The next meeting is Thursday 20th May 2010, 6pm start and will be a bit different:

Instead of meeting at Royal Festival Hall cafe for this monthly meeting we thought we could go on our first trip to see one of the most beautiful pieces of UK Craftivism around: Carrie Reichardt and Nick Reynolds mosaiced elephant called Phloon which is on Exhibition Road on the grass where the Natural History Museum joins the Science Museum. Here Carrie will talk to us about her inspiration, technique and story of her craftivism background. We will end the meeting by going for a cuppa to discuss help with the first ever UK craftivism zine we are making and general chit-chat.

Phloon is one of over 250 elephants custom painted by artists and some celebrities and placed in central London as part of the Elephant online pharmacy belviq Parade London. It features a mind numbing amount of attention to detail which adds extra depth to the explanation of the plight of the Asian elephant by showing how it is persecuted for its ivory, blown up by landmines and more.

It’s not likely that people will disagree with me when I say that this elephant looks like it has had the most work put into it, has the most detail and is the most political out of all 250 elephants. When I first saw the elephant I couldnt stop touching it (please do touch it, its made to be touched so ignore the barriers!), I walked around it 3 times slowly and then sat on the bench near it welling up with tears at how beautiful it was but most of all how emotional it made me feel seeing the blood marks around Phloon’s back left leg and ripped off left ear both representing the awful treatment of elephants.

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