Betty Boop, the iconic Queen of Cartoons, will be one of more than 30 life-sized, hand-painted Elephant Parade® statues exhibited at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif. from August 23 to November 17.
The Betty Boop Elephant is part of Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open-air art exhibition dedicated to saving the Asian elephant from extinction. To generate worldwide attention, public awareness and financial support for the endangered Asian elephant, life-sized baby elephant statues are painted and decorated by local and international artists and are displayed in cities around the globe.
Mosha, a baby elephant, stepped on a landmine and lost her lower right leg. In need of urgent intensive care, she was rushed to the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital in Thailand. While visiting the hospital, Marc Spits met baby Mosha and was inspired to create Elephant Parade. At the hospital, doctors healed Mosha so that she could walk with a prosthetic leg. Today, Elephant Parade continues to support Friends of the Asian Elephant in Thailand so that Asian Elephants like Mosha can have a bright future.
After previous exhibitions in London, Singapore, Milan and Amsterdam, Elephant Parade has attracted top-tier artists and celebrity supporters, including Tommy Hilfiger, Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, Isaac Mizrahi, Goldie Hawn, Diane von Furstenberg and many more.
Presented by The Resorts of Dana Point, Elephant Parade: Welcome to America will be on display in Dana Point, Calif. from August 23 – November 17, 2013. For more information about the event, visit the website: http://www.mydanapoint.com/elephants