Elephant Parade invades Copenhagen – open air exhibition in aid to the Asian elephant

Impressions from four squares of the city:

Kongens Nytorv, Amagertorv, Gammeltorv/Nytorv and Gråbrødretorv.

102 elephants decorated by international and danish artists are set up outdoor all over Copenhagen and Frederiksberg.

The Asian elephants are life threaten. Today there are only 25-35.000 elephants living all over Asia.

100 years ago the population were more than 250.000 asian elephants.

The Asian Elephant Foundation “contribute to the conservation of Asian Elephants and the public awareness of their life threatening situation”.

All 102 decorated elephants will on 9. september 2011 be sold on a auction sale by Bruun-Rasmussen Auction.

On www.bruun-rasmussen.dk everyone can now bid on all the elephants.

All the money from the internet auction sale by bruun-rasmussen will be given to “The Asian Elephant Foundation”.


Photos and text Erik K Abrahamsen 2011

Gråbrødretorv:

Sara Stilling: Sanctuary. Elephant Parade in Gråbrødretorv, Copenhagen. The houses in the background are builded in style new-classcistic around 1818 after the 3 former houses were destroyed by the English Navy bombardement of Copenhagen 2.-4. septembre 1807.Photo: 25. june 2011

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Kongens Nytorv:

Hans Kuijs: Elephant meeting place. Elephant Parade in Kongens Nytorv Copenhagen. Photo: 25. june 2011

Jeppe Eisner: TUTU. Elephant Parade, Kongens Nytorv Copenhagen. Photo: 25 june 2011

Kristian von Hornsleth: Mujhe Jaldi Mara. Elephant Parade, Kongens Nytorv, Copenhagen. Photo: 25 june 2011

Kristian von Hornsleth: Mujhe Jaldi Mara. Elephant Parade. Kongens Nytorv. Photo: 25 june 2011

Kongens Nytorv:

Kongens Nytorv. "Students 2011" celebrates finished of their examen by dancing around the statue of King Christian 5 (1670-99). The king builded this square in 1670 east of the old Copenhagen and with the new quarter "New Copenhagen" the city became dubble size. "Kongens Nytorv" became the central square for the defence of Copenhagen with the same distance to all 24 bastions of the fortress of Copenhagen. At left in the picture stood the former Eastern Gate (Østerport) at the entrance at Østergade. At right in the picture is the beginning of "New Copenhagen" with Amalienborg Castle ( builded around 1750) and fortress Kastellet (builded 1660-65). Photo: 25 june 2011

Marco Evaristti: Dood 4. Elephant Parade, Kongens Nytorv Copenhagen. Photo: 25 june 2011

Marco Evaristti: Doot 4. Elephant Parade. Kongens Nytorv. Photo: 25 june 2011

Amagertorv, part of the main shopping Street “Strøget”:

Sasha Hanneberg Bach.: Tears of Deliverance. Elephant Parade, Amagertorv, Copenhagen. "Englebørn" (Angel children). Photo: 25 june 2011

Penluk Rueang-rabeab: Cencor. Elephant Parade. Amagertorv, Copenhagen. Photo: 25 june 2011

Amagertorv:

Amagertorv, Copenhagen. In the middle of the picture the mayor of Copenhagen red netherland-renaissance house "Borgmestergården" builded 1616. Today: Royal Copenhagen shop. The unique building survived the 2 big Copenhagen fires in 1728 and in 1795. The fire in 1795 destroyed about 1400 houses in this neighbourhood including all the houses opposite "Borgmestergården", the south side of the square and close to the Canal at Gammel Strand. At right fountain "Storkespringvandet". In centuries Amagertorv had been the marketplace for all kinds of agricultural goods from the farmes living in the neighbouring island Amager. The square are covered with colored granite mosaic stones designed by the danish artist Bjørn Nørgaard. Photo: 25. june 2011.

Elephant Parade. Amagertorv, Copenhagen. In the background the Mayers House "Borgmestergården" builded in 1616. Today owned by Royal Copenhagen. Photo: 25 june 2011

Gammeltorv/Nytorv at main shopping street “Strøget”:

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Elephant Parade at Gammeltorv/Nytorv, two of the oldest squares in Copenhagen dated back to 1167, which is the official "birthday" of Copenhagen. The city is much older, from about 700 A.C. founded as a small fishing town close to Øresund and the former danish provinces Skåne, Halland and Blekinge, since 1645-60 conquerored by The Swedish King Karl 10th Gustav. In the background you can see the upper bassin and statue of Caritas Fountain builded by King Christian 4th in 1608 to supply Copenhagen citizens with fresh water in oak "pipelines" from neighboring lakes and rivers. Photo: 9. july 2011

Solefant by Andrejs Ritins. The Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011, Gammeltorv/Nytorv. Photo: 9. july 2011

Anne Marie Ploug: Green light in the black woods. Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011, Gammeltorv. In the background Caritas Fountain from 1608. On Queen Margrethe 2th of Denmarks birthday 16. april gold apples springs in the jet of water in the upper bassin. Photo: 9. july 2011

Caritas Fountain build 1608 by King Christian 4:

Caritas means charity and symbolized by the statue on the upper bassin: the mother with her two children and given breast to the youngest with jet of water form her two breasts:

Elephant Parade on Gammeltorv with Caritas Fountain (1608) in the foreground and the Copenhagen Cathedral "Vor Frue Kirke" builded 1811-29 in new-classicistic style by architect C. F. Hansen on the ruins of the former baroque church, which was destroyed by he English Navy´s bombardement of Copenhagen 2.-4. septembre 1807. The red/green and blue elephant is behind the fountain at left. Photo: 9. july 2011

Marut Thaumboonreang: Hide and seek. Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011, Gammeltorv. Photo: 9. july 2011

The Elephant Parade Copenhagen 2011. Gammeltorv. Photo: 9. july 2011

Caritas Fountain (build 1608) at Gammeltorv (Old Square), Copenhagen:

Danish woman - the most beautiful and healthy in the world: intelligent, well educated, hard working, independent and careing in their family life!! Since Youth Education Fond (Statens Uddannelsesstøtte, SU) started i 1964 millions af danes had got excellent educations through this financial help to their daily spendings under their studies. All educations are free in Denmark, which opened up for the danish womens to finished all kinds of "lower", middle and higher educations. Caritas Fountain builded by King Christian 4th in 1608 to provide fresh water from neighbouring lakes and rivers to inhabitants in Copenhagen. Photo: 9. july 2011

Gråbrødretorv:

Sara Stilling: Sanctuary. Elephant Parade, Gråbrødretorv, Copenhagen. In the background "Ildebrandhusene " builded 1735 after the big Copenhagen fire 20.-23. octobre 1728. The fire destroyed 1670 houses out of totally 4087 houses in Copenhagen. Photo: 25 june 2011

Ekapong Ruen-oon: Woodphant. Elephant Parade. Gråbrødretorv, Copenhagen. In the background "Ildebrandshusene" builded in 1735. Red house nr.3 was the home of danish poet Johan Herman Wessel (1742-82). At second stock you can se a stone plate on the wall telling about his famous poetry: "Kierlighed uden Strømper", which he wrote in this house. At top of the entrance of the red house nr.1 you can see a inscription on a stone called "Ildebrandsten" telling about the owners thanks to God for his new house after the fire destroyed the former. Photo: 25. june 2011

Gråbrødretorv, Copenhagen. 2 elephants left back in the picture. At left 5 red houses rebuilded in 1730´ "Ildebrandshusene" after the big Copenhagen fire 20.-23. octobre 1728, where 1670 houses in Copenhagen were destroyed. At left" the Brewery yard", (Bryggergården), nr. 11 builded 1730. Photo. 25. june 2011

Sara Stilling: Sanctuary. Elephant Parade. Gråbrødretorv, Copenhagen. Photo: 25. june 2011

A sustainable future worldwide is necessary for the protection of planet earth – its nature, animals and people.

Only responsibility of all mankind all over the world can create a future clean air, water and soil for the health and happiness of all man and nature.

Thats what it ´s about: The Elephant Parade in Copenhagen 2011

Inscription on one of the elephant:

Inscription on the plinth of one of the elephants telling whats all about. Click on the photo and use your zoom control and yoy can easily read the text. Photo: 25 june 2011

Copenhagen, 25. june 2011

With love


Erik

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Gråbrødretorv:

Grøbrødretorv. Former monastery founded by Gråbrødre monks in 1238 and existed until the lutheran Reformation in Denmark in 1530-36. Today a lovely square with restaurants indoor and outdoor. All the houses were destroyed under the big Copenhagen fire in 20.-23. octobre 1728 and rebuilded in 1730 ´and called "Ildebrandshusene". The fire destroyed 1670 houses, 6 churches, part of the University and the university library. Under the english bombardement of Copenhagen 2. - 4. septembre 1807 The Copenhagen Cathedral 200 m from this square was totally destroyed included some of the houses here on Gråbrødretorv. Photo: 25 june 2011

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2011 in Gråbrødretorv:

Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2011. Gråbrødretorv. Photo: 5. july 2011

And I finished this article with this photo in red, blue, green and yellow by “Ildebrandhusene” at Gråbrødretorv:

"Ildebrandhusene", Gråbrødretorv 1-9, Copenhagen. Photo: 5. July 2011

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