(Photo credit: Komar & Melamid archive)
We just got word that artist, Dondi (not Dumbo), who in the Thai tradition will be painting and playing a harmonica in an art performance will be one of the highlights of the 11th Annual Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival this weekend. By the way, Dondi is an elephant! Elephant art, inspired by artist Vitaly Komar will be painting and performing on Sat and Sun from 1-5pm on at the intersection of Main and Water Streets.
Artists Komar and Melamid started another project called “Elephant Art,” whose unlikely genesis was the Thai government’s 1990 restrictions on logging. That move put many elephants and their handlers out of a job, so to help them Komar and Melamid founded the nonprofit Asian Elephant Art & Conservation Project in 1997…
It was in this context that Komar and Melamid opened the first “elephant art academy” in Lampang, Thailand, in 1998. Since then the two artists, together with the animals’ handlers, have been teaching elephants how to paint. The results have been astonishing. In 2000, at a Christie’s auction in New York, paintings by the academy’s elephants fetched between $350 and $2,200.
What: Painting Elephant In Dumbo @ The 11th Annual Art Under the Bridge Festival
Saturday, September 29th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 30th, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Intersection of Main Street and Water Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn (Rain Location only: 16 Main Street inside Galapagos performance space)