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Elephant Parade comes home to Phuket!

Updated: Jul 26, 2023

At Project Artisan from 8 July to 20 August - Elephant Parade®, the world’s leading public art exposition in aid of the Asian elephant.

This summer Phuket is the place to be as the colorful elephants of Elephant Parade are welcomed home in their country-of-origin Thailand.

From 8 July until 20 August 2023, 30 Elephant Parade statues will take over Phuket for an exhibition that intends to not just raise awareness against the cruelty and extinction of elephants, but also to to kick-start tourism in Thailand, being a leader in the tourism industry. The Elephant Parade Event is the biggest in Asia since the Covid pandemic.

Project Artisan is thrilled to be home to eight of the 30 large elephants that will be displayed across Phuket.

Elephant Parade Treasure Hunt

Visitors to Elephant Parade Phuket can enjoy a treasure hunt and will discover elephants created by renowned Thai artists, international brands and celebrities, such as: artist Kriangkrai Kongkhanun, BMW Motorrad, Hello Kitty, Anukun Hamala and Summer Meng & Huang Yuan Tzu.

Besides the 30 large elephants, 10 elephants in the ‘half size’ of 75 cm will be in Phuket as well. A ‘mini-parade’ of 7 elephants in the size of 75 cm will be exhibited at Kata Rocks.

Pop-up store at Project Artisan

We are proud to be the exclusive pop-up store for this wonderful event. You will be able to browse and shop for limited edition, handcrafted replicas and a select range of products created from the exhibition elephants including magnets, coasters, bags and paint-your-own Artbox. 20% of Elephant Parade net profits are donated to elephant welfare and conservation projects.

Let's paint a brighter future!

Come along to the pop-up store and paint your own elephant to take home. 1000 THB includes 15cm elephant and paint supplies. Or why not purchase an Artbox and paint at your leisure or gift to someone.

In the last decade, Elephant Parade has visited the UK, the USA, China, Italy, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Luxemburg, Brazil, Dubai and Switzerland – connecting many millions of people to elephant conservation issues and drawing in the enthusiasm and support of hundreds of top artists, celebrities and public figures. We now care more about social purpose than ever before. Today, ordinary does not cut it, but something more capable of provoking an emotional shareable response does.

Elephant Parade’s Managing Director René de Wit:

“The aim of Elephant Parade has always been to bring the message of hope, positivity and creativity through art. We believe in the power of our elephants to help paint a brighter future for all, as for more than ten years our free art exhibitions and miniature painted elephants have generated millions of smiles all around the world and supported elephant welfare.”

Elephant Parade’s inspiration is a beautiful elephant called Mosha based at Friends of the Asian Elephant, the world’s first elephant hospital in Lampang. Elephant Parade founders Marc and Mike Spits first encountered Mosha when she was just seven months old, she had stepped on a landmine and lost part of her leg. Mosha was fitted with the first prosthetic for an elephant, which needs replacing frequently as she grows.

The Spits’ set up Elephant Parade so that Mosha can receive continued structural support. Mosha’s story of overcoming adversity became a key message of the organisation and she features in every parade as symbol of Elephant Parades’ values to protect elephants. For this Phuket parade, Mosha's statue will have a special Phuket adorned prosthetic leg.

Besides Mosha and the Friends of The Asian Elephant, Elephant Parade also structurally supports partner NGO Elephant Family:

Elephant Parade Phuket is open to all the public. Details of the parade and a downloadable map of where elephants will be positioned can be found at:


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