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Press Release   •   Jul 04, 2013 11:54 GMT

Sussex-based artist Sophie Coryndon has been commissioned to visit front line elephant conservation projects in Asia to make a film for the UK school children that are participating in the forthcoming Elephant Parade UK tour, sponsored by intu.

Having recently finished her fine art creation for the new Elephant Parade tour, running from July 2013 to August 2014, Sophie gained the biggest commission of her career to create a three-dimensional art piece in Thailand. The commission presented an ideal opportunity to also visit the elephant projects that her work with Elephant Parade has supported. Sophie commented: “Elephant Parade’s work around the world helps generate financial support for the plight of the Asian elephant and, given my commission in Asia, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to take some extra time and visit the elephants we have been supporting through Elephant Parade. Having spent time in schools talking about Elephant Parade and the plight of the Asian Elephant, I have been thrilled to see how engaged the children have become in the project and would love the opportunity to bring the project to life by giving the children involved a glimpse of the remarkable animals we are supporting and the conservation issues surrounding them."

The project builds on Sophie’s educational motivation for working with Elephant Parade. She was the first 2013 tour artist to get involved with the Elephant Parade national schools programme, which will see more than 70 school children around the UK gain a commission to create an elephant for the 14-stop tour – with thousands more seeing their A4 design ideas appear on large screens in intu malls as part of the accompanying Elephant Parade digital tour.

Sophie says: “It was great to get the chance to judge the design ideas of the first school to take part in the Elephant Parade national tour. I am really glad that I was able to see the amazing results that can be achieved when children are so inspired. I left the judging session with my head spinning with beautiful elephants! Since that day, children from my local school have been to visit the elephant I am painting in my studio and they are really keen to hear more about the project and the story of Mosha, which inspired the whole Elephant Parade concept. I now have a school assembly to run and I’m going to get the children busy painting 15cm Elephant Parade replicas. This new parade is more three-dimensional, putting schools involvement at the heart of the project. This year, the decision to focus on a legacy of lasting awareness on vital conservation issues among the young through art is something I am proud to be a part of.”

Sophie’s new elephant for the 2013/14 Elephant Parade national tour was one of five of the hundreds of artist design submissions to be commissioned early. Called Triumphator, the elephant takes inspiration from one of her signature paintings. A serious art piece within a herd that celebrates diversity and joy in the styles and genres it includes, Sophie’s elephant will immediately stand out as an item of classic beauty.

Mike Spits, Elephant Parade Founder recalls the selection session with tour sponsor intu where the first designs were selected: “Sophie’s design idea just flew off the page. The raw first sketch had both a life and a beauty and gave something different and special to the evolving tour line up. Selecting the right designs for an Elephant Parade is always very difficult - especially the intu tour which attracted hundreds of design ideas within days – but Sophie’s design almost selected itself. We have followed it’s evolution in Sophie’s studio and really enjoyed seeing her design come to life.”

Sophie’s new elephant was the third tour elephant to gain a sponsor and was the first to sell before the tour even started – or before she had even put paintbrush to elephant. Through this sale, intu will pass the first £7,500 to the Asian Elephant Foundation, the charity that receives proceeds from the sale of the touring elephants.

Reflecting on her artistic inspiration for her new elephant, Sophie said: “White Triumphator is probably one of the most successful paintings of flowers I have done over the last 12 years and certainly one of the most popular. It seemed appropriate as this tour is going to reach so many people to choose this painting as the starting point for my design. I have always had a passion for the natural world in all its diversity. This is the starting point for all my work and it is wonderful that in designing and painting 'Triumphator', I am part of helping to support that diversity for future generations.”

A British artist, Sophie set up her studio in 1997 and quickly gained work with leading designers on a diverse portfolio of projects ranging from the restoration of Chinoiserie wallpaper at Badminton House through to a collection of large scale floral panels for Marco Pierre White’s Belvedere Restaurant. Signed to a London gallery in 2000, her highly crafted aesthetic and elegant, sculptural approach captured the attention of designers, stylists and collectors. Commissions include work for Nina Campbell, Farrow and Ball, Schroders Bank and House and Garden.

The forthcoming tour marks Sophie’s second Elephant Parade project. In 2010, she created two elephants for the London exposition – one of which was sponsored by Farrow & Ball.

Further information:

Sophie’s work has been shown internationally as well as featuring in numerous publications and ranges from individual pieces for the international collectors market to bespoke installations for private clients and designers.

To discover more about Sophie’s work, visit

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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

Southern California 2013

Lumembourg- Trier 2013

UK National tour 2013-14 (including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Manchester and Norwich), presented by intu.

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