Elephant Parade Bergan 2010
In the artist village of Bergen, in the North of The Netherlands, it was for the first time that an Elephant Parade Tour was organized. 65 smaller sized elephants (75cms tall – the ‘life’-sized ones are 150 cms tall) were exhibited in the windows of various shops and galleries in the centre of Bergen. The exhibition started on 22 August and on 30 October the elephants were auctioned by Christie’s. The proceeds from these 65 elephants was €127,000 ($181,600). On the last day of the Elephant Parade Bergen Tour, it was announced that the town council acquired an art elephant of the artist George Jurriaens, to be placed at the local Museum Kranenburgh. Already elephants from previous Elephant Parades were temporarily placed in museums such as the Natural History Museum in London, but it is in the town of Bergen that an elephant from Elephant Parade acquired a much sought-after position in the permanent collection of a museum.