The Elephant Parade of small decorative figurines will be presented in Bangkok as part of the largest open air art exhibitions throughout Bangkok through January 29, 2015. The Elephant Parade, said to be the largest open air art exhibit in the world, is a collaborative effort between Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and local and international celebrities. It will include a group of nearly 100 brightly hand-painted and decorated elephants, according to a December 15, 2015 news release.

So far, the artistically decorated elephants have already appeared in London, Singapore, Amsterdam, Milan and Hong Kong.


Anantara Hotels and Resorts has launched the world's largest open air art exhibition - Elephant Parade Bangkok 2015 - in the heart of the Thai capital. The exhibition, featuring almost one hundred brightly colored 1.5 meter elephant statues which have been painted by local and international artists, such as designer Paul Smith, will move throughout the city as a herd to raise awareness for the plight of elephants. In February they will be auctioned off with the proceeds being donated to a number of charities that will benefit elephant welfare worldwide. (PRNewsFoto/Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas)

Anantara Hotels and Resorts has launched the world’s largest open air art exhibition – Elephant Parade Bangkok 2015 Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas)

The Elephant Parade art exhibit was created by Marc Spits after a trip to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Thailand, the release reported. At the hospital, Marc saw an elephant, Mosha, with an injured leg. The elephant’s leg had been hurt when it stepped on a landmine at the tender age of 7 months. The elephant wore a prosthetic device.

The event helps raise the awareness of the difficult conditions that elephants in Thailand sometimes endure. Some of the elephants from the exhibit will be auctioned on February 16, 2016 at Anantara Siam Bangkok. Proceeds from the auction will go to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation to benefit elephants in Thailand.