Melbourne's CBD will host a herd of 50 fibreglass sculptures custom made into the shape of Melbourne Zoo's most famous Asian Elephant calf, Mali as part of the Zoo's 150th Anniversary celebrations.
The event will be run in partnership with Wild in Art, a UK based company specialising in producing mass participation public art events.
Since 2008, Wild in Art have commissioned thousands of individual artists, worked closely with many sponsors and funders and have engaged hundreds of schools and community groups in shared art experiences around the world. However, Mali in the City will be their Australian debut.
Zoos Victoria's Mali lookalike sculptures will transform Melbourne's city streets, parks, neighbourhoods and public spaces into an open air, free to view, visual cacophony of colourful stories, art and creativity.
The event has engaged highly acclaimed artist David Bromley to be the program's Art Patron who will also participate in the event , painting two sculptures. Zoos Victoria is also calling for other artists—both professional and amateur—to get involved in the event. Successful artists will then be commissioned from May 2012.
The decorated sculptures will line the streets of Melbourne for 6 weeks beginning in August. The elephants will begin their great migration to Melbourne Zoo where they will be on display for the entire month of October, coinciding with the Zoo's official 150th birthday month.
At the end of the year the Malis will be auctioned off with all proceeds going to our conservation work as we fight the extinction of animals in Australia and overseas.