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Elephant R.U.N.

Upcycling Waste

Into Works of Art

What is Elephant R.U.N.? 

Shangri-La's Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka, launched the Elephant R.U.N. (Reuse + Upcycle = New Art) competition in 2015. The competition was open to Sri Lankan residents to create Asian elephant sculptures using only discarded materials.

The challenge demonstrates how conservation and art can go hand-in-hand, and shows that unwanted objects can be upcycled into inspirational works of art.

The aim of the competition was to raise awareness of the current threats to the survival of wild Asian elephants in Sri Lanka, such as elephant-human conflict, habitat loss and fragmentation, and illegal hunting.

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