Monthly Archives: October 2010

Elephant Project Progress

We had a lot of enthusiastic visitors collaborating on our two elephant sculptures this past weekend.  Take a look at the photos, below, to see the great progress we made together.  If you missed this past weekend, there is still a lot of work to do – please join us in the Learning Center at the Museum this Friday from 6-9pm or Saturday from 12-4 to learn how to work with papier-mâché and wood and to contribute your mark to this exciting community art project.  The workshop is free with museum admission.

The Elephant Project

We’re excited to be participating in The Elephant Project, taking place at cultural institutions and venues across metro-Detroit and around the world!  Here in Metro-Detroit, it’s hosted by Marygrove College.  Here is a little information about the project from their website:

“In specific response to pressing local and global issues involving environmental sustainability and earth care, Marygrove College, with funding support from DTE Energy, will host Nomkhubulwane (Nom-koo-bull-WAH-nee, Zulu for Mother Earth), an elephant sculpture created by South African sculptor Andries Botha. This life-size sculpture, made of galvanized steel and recycled truck tires, is traveling around the world to raise awareness about how people can creatively address issues caused by the expanding human ecological footprint. Nomkhubulwane is one of 17 elephants on display globally by the Human Elephant Foundation (www.humanelephant.org).”

Here is a photo of Andries Botha’s sculpture (from his website):

On 10/20, Nomkhubulwane will migrate to our neighborhood to the Charles H. Wright Museum where you can see it in person.

In conjunction with Nomkhubulwane’s visit, here at the DIA we’re building some elephants of our own, and you are invited to help!  Join us in the Learning Center on Fridays 10/22 and 10/29 from 6-9 pm and Sundays 10/23 and 10/30 from noon-4 pm.  You are welcome to drop in to any or all of these sessions led by DIA studio artist Vito Valdez, and help us build two life-sized elephant sculptures out of wood and paper-mâché.  The workshop is free with museum admission.