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Elephant exhibit created with scrap
24 Feb 2010

Nomkhubulwane shows itself in City Juárez


A life size elephant sculpture called Nanabi arrived yesterday at this border. The artwork is made from waste materials, primarily scrap tires
It is in Jaurez to create awareness of the need to care for the environment and to encourage the recycling of waste materials.

During the morning, the elephant, weighing 2 tonnes, was appreciated by hundreds of children from third grade who attended the Central Park event to participate in the swearing of allegiance, and later moved to the parking lot of Plaza Juarez Mall shopping center, where Nanabi will remain until February 28. For easy transportation to her next venue, the elephant has been mounted on the platform of a trailer.

From 1 to 11 March, the elephant will move to the courtyard of the Centro Cultural Paso del Norte, where workshops will be offered to children to promote environmental care. After leaving our city, the sculpture will remain for several days in El Paso Texas and continue her journey through various cities en route to Canada.

Bernardo Escudero, director of Civil Protection and Ecology, said that such activities promote eco-awareness by citizens, and the reusing of waste products such as tires, wood, paper and plastics, thereby avoiding contamination. He said that this city is experiencing a serious problem with the illegal dumping of tires, and the disposal of waste which usually end up staying in the ditches or embankments, negatively affecting areas created for the capture of rainwater.

During the welcoming ceremony sculpture for Nomkhubulwane (which is the original name of the artwork), the role of the elephant in promoting debate around the conservation of natural resources was highlighted.
Nanabi, as she is called here, was created using recycled truck tires by the artist Andries Botha, who is promoting the Human Elephant Foundation.

All citizens of Juarez can meet either at the mall that is located on the Avenue of Technology and National Army, or the Centro Cultural Paso del Norte, in addition to joining conferences, workshops, shows and competitions that allow them to raise awareness of the importance of recycling.

 
     
 
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