By Kevin Heath
Back in November 2013 the United States crushed its stockpile of ivory. Now the US government is looking for ideas about how to use this crushed ivory to educate the world about the issues that surround elephant poaching and the illegal trade in tusks. People have until the end of March 2015 to submit their ideas on how to put the ivory to good use.
The Ivory Crush Challenge is being run by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. They are looking for ideas about how to use the remains of the ivory in an educational display that will be exhibited at various locations – such as zoos, museums and schools – around the United States to educate and inform people.
There is lots of flexibility for creative types to use the ivory and the guidelines are relatively easy to understand. While there is no prize money the competition is bound to increase your kudos within the art and conservation communities.
Guidelines for the Ivory Crush Challenge:
- Use the entry form provided to submit your design for the challenge
- You may also submit additional materials that support your design such as drawings, photos, videos, cost spreadsheets etc.
- The maximum size for all attachments including the submission form should not exceed 5 MB
- Acceptable digital file formats are MS Word, pdf, JPEG, TIFF, Excel, MP4, Quicktime
- You may provide web links to additional material such as videos in your submission form
- Send your form and any additional materials to the email address provided below no later than 11:59 PM EST March 31, 2015
- All submissions should include the following elements:
- Description of Idea:
A summary of your idea/design/concept in 400 words or fewer.
- Educational Component:
An explanation of how your idea/design will work to inform and educate the public and encourage people to take action to reduce ivory demand and stop illegal wildlife trade.
- Rough Production Timing and Costs:
Brief explanation of the method of production, along with an estimate of timing and production costs. NOTE: If you are unsure of the production methods, timing and costs, that’s OK – provide us your best estimate.
An opportunity to visually bring your idea to life with sketches, drawings, renderings, etc.
- Artist’s Agreement:
All entries must be accompanied by a completed, signed Artist’s Agreement
- Description of Idea:
There are also security issues because of the value of ivory so any design needs to be of a type that prevents people being able to chip out any large crushings, this could mean encasing a design in a resin or other coating.
If you have any thoughts on what to do with 40 cubic feet of gravel sized ivory pieces then visit the Ivory Crush Challenge page for further details.