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A Whitley Bay youngster has won a place in the nationwide Elephant Parade art exposition.

Press Release   •   Jun 27, 2013 15:58 GMT

Nine-year-old Katie Edmonds’ design will be painted on an elephant statue that will join the forthcoming Elephant Parade.

The parade is a public art festival, which brings together the worlds of art, business and charity to create vibrant parades of elephants that are sold or auctioned to raise money for the Asian Elephant Foundation, a charity which supports conservation of the Asian Elephant.

Two winning designs were selected, one by nine year old Kate Edmunds, of Whitley Bay, and the other by twelve year of Ryan Dickinson, from Walker.

Katie said: “I was surprised and thrilled to be chosen as one of the winners, I really enjoyed making my design and am looking forward to seeing it on the mini elephant.”

Elephant Parade is the world’s largest open air art exhibition of decorated elephant statues that seeks to attract public awareness and support for Asian elephant conservation. Created by local and international artists, each elephant is a unique piece of art. Parades have been run in the following cities:

Rotterdam 2007

Antwerp 2008                     

Amsterdam 2009

Emmen Zoo 2010 

London 2010 

Bergen 2010 

Heerlen 2011

Copenhagen 2011 

Milan 2011 

Singapore 2011 

Hasselt 2012

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