Cabinet of Curiosities
Inspired by his travels through India with an Asian elephant called Tara, Mark Shand founded the charity Elephant Family in 2002 to help protect one of the world’s largest and most intelligent animals and its habitat. Now under the Patronage of TRH’s The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Elephant Family is the leading UK charity dedicated to saving Asian elephants from extinction in the wild.
The multi-medium exhibition surveys the extraordinary journeys made by the adventurer and conservationist, as seen through the eyes of the photographers that accompanied him and contemporary artists who have been inspired by his mission.
29 never before seen photographs of Mark’s travels and 101 original sculptures will be sold via the website with all funds donated to Mark Shand’s charity, Elephant Family, which strives to continue Shand’s life’s mission of saving the Asian elephant.
The exhibition does more than visit the vistas of Shand’s travels, it also displays a collection of phallic fertility sculptures from tribes and villages across India and Indonesia. Rather than exhibiting them museum style, frozen behind glass panels, they are being brought to life, moulded in jesmonite from the original sculptures and reinterpreted by 48 emerging artists, designers and illustrators, including Philip and Charlotte Colbert, Alba Hodsoll, Christabel Macgreevy and Jack Penny, among others.
Guests were treated to delicious canapés, flowing Pommery Champagne and delectable cocktails provided by Mr Foggs.