Giant elephant to spark environmental talk

2009-09-09 00:00

A GIANT elephant made of recycled truck tyres, to highlight environmental issues to the public, has been unveiled in Durban.

The rubber and steel structure, which was named Nomkhubulwane, was created by Andries Botha and Dr Ian Player, and will be displayed at the World Wilderness Congress in Mexico in November this year. Player will accompany the structure to Mexico where it will be used to highlight environmental issues facing the world.

“Using materials regarded as redundant or burdensome to the planet imbues this particular creative work with all sorts of interesting primary and secondary metaphors,” said Botha.

The elephant was built in the Premat factory who supplied all the rubber for the structure.

“Premat recycles truck size tyres into woven rubber strip mats, providing job opportunities for the unschooled and unskilled,” he said.

Botha said that they were trying to find necessary financial partners to support the model, which will act as a creativity advocate and conversation catalyst.

“Nomkhubulwane is a matriarch, an earth goddess who can morph into many different animal forms. Matriarchs embody organising principles around memory, social and cultural structure,” he said.

He said that Nomkhubulwane embodies the potential for human visual creativity to expand and accelerate conversation with other creative thinkers about the environment.

“She will work to remind us that such an idea can never be achieved in the world without acknowledging the importance of inviting each and every human being into this conversation,” he said.

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