By Louise Jury
The Chapman brothers have donated a sculpture to help save Africa’s elephants from extinction at the hands of poachers.
Jake and Dinos, famous for their subversive pieces, gave My Brother Went To The Circus And All I Got Was This Lousy Souvenir to be sold in the second round of the Christmas auction organised by the Standard’s sister papers, The Independent, Independent on Sunday and i. Bidding opens tomorrow and runs for 10 days.
The newspaper appeal is for Space for Giants, which funds rangers and supports wildlife sanctuaries for elephants.
The artist Adrian Villar Rojas has donated a drawing from his series, Today We Reboot The Planet, the title of the debut show at the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery in September.
“You’d have thought we’d have changed our ways by now,” said Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist, directors of the Serpentine Galleries.“It is shocking that more African elephants are being killed than at any time in history.
“The plight of the elephant serves as a damning indictment on the human condition — so disappointingly symbolic of our collective failure to act as responsible stewards of this planet and its resources.
“It’s the least we can do to support The Independent’s Christmas Appeal with works donated by Jake and Dinos Chapman and Adrian Villar Rojas, whose beautiful, life-sized elephant sculpture was a deeply affecting presence for the opening exhibition at the Sackler Gallery.”
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