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NUS Tembusu College unveils elephant sculptures for Elephant Parade Singapore 2011

16 November 2011

(From left) Project Manager of Elephant Parade Singapore Ms Marieke de Zeeuw, Master of Tembusu College Assoc Prof Gregory Clancey, Prof Tommy Koh and Fellow of Tembusu College Ms Margaret Tan unveiling "Precious Ties"

Students and staff who helped paint the elephant sculptures with Prof Tommy Koh

Tembusu College, one of the two residential colleges at NUS' University Town, has unveiled two colourful baby elephant sculptures as part of the Elephant Parade Singapore 2011. Presented by Prof Tommy Koh, Rector of NUS Tembusu College and Patron of the Elephant Parade Singapore 2011, the two elephant sculptures join some 160 life-sized fibreglass baby elephants that are on display across Singapore.

NUS is the only educational institution in Singapore taking part in the parade - an open air art exhibition that aims to create worldwide attention, public awareness and support for the conservation of the Asian elephant which is threatened with extinction.

Named "Blink of an Eye" and "Precious Ties", the two elephant sculptures were adopted and hand-painted by the students and staff of Tembusu College.

Mr Danver Teo, a third-year Life Sciences student who helped to paint "Blink of an Eye", said: "I am very passionate about the arts and crafts and generally want to have a platform to express my creativity. When the elephant project came about, I saw the opportunity to express my creativity and help raise awareness about biodiversity conservation."

The two sculptures will be on display at Tembusu College till 6 January 2012. The other baby elephant sculptures placed in various locations across Singapore such as Orchard Road, Marina Bay, VivoCity, Singapore Zoo, Botanic Gardens and museums will be displayed from 11 November 2011 to 12 January 2012. Besides the Tembusu students, renowned artists, designers and celebrities have also lent a helping hand to paint the elephant sculptures. The elephant sculptures would then be auctioned off with part of the proceeds donated to The Asian Elephant Foundation.

The parade was first kick-started at Rotterdam in 2007 and has since spread to leading cities in the world such as Copenhagen, London and Milan. To date, some 4 million Euros have been collected for the cause and is put to good use in projects varying from elephant hospitals and corridors to lobbying governments and research.