By Louise Jury
A cast bronze petal created by Thomas Heatherwick has been donated to help save elephants in Africa.
Heatherwick, 43, who was behind the Olympic cauldron, the new London buses and a planned garden bridge on the Thames, has given the petal to be sold in the Christmas auction being held by the Standard’s sister papers, The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. The petal measures 200mm by 100mm by 18mm.
The London-based designer has also donated a limited-edition print, which is an abstraction of the cauldron design. He joins artists Damien Hirst and the Chapman brothers in giving works for the fundraiser.
The money will help pay for rangers to protect elephants from poachers, some of whom are machine-gunning entire herds. Their tusks are sold to fund war and terrorism. The charity Space for Giants is helping to create sanctuaries. The auction ends at 11am on Monday, December 23.
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