When I was in Hyde Park on Sunday I also discovered this artwork, by artists Gillie and Marc. It's called "The Orphans," and it depicts a mother elephant with 20 orphaned calves running toward her. It's meant to highlight the fact that 55 elephants are killed every day by ivory poachers and in conflicts, leaving behind calves who are often too young to care for themselves.
"Each sculptured baby symbolizes a real orphaned elephant in the care of the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust that the artists sketched on a trip to Kenya," according to the information board with the sculpture.
For example, here's little Barsilinga, a male elephant rescued when he was just two weeks old after his mother was shot by poachers.
"The Orphans" is part of Gillie and Marc's broader project called "Love the Last" that uses public art to raise awareness and money for the preservation of endangered wildlife.
On a happier note, I walked to Homebase yesterday morning, hoping to buy some coleus for the garden. Unfortunately they didn't have any -- in fact they didn't have much in general. I think their garden department must be clearing the summer stock and preparing for fall. I found a tray of gazanias and bought those instead, then came home and planted them after clearing some of our spent annuals.
I also got out our hedge trimmer and fought back "the monster," the neighbor's climbing rose, with its tendrils that arch over our patio. The same neighbor came to our door and said her gardeners are going to cut limbs on our hazel and philadelphus that hang over her property -- apparently her garden is suffering for lack of light. They're supposed to do that work today. I don't mind what she cuts as long as it's on her side of the fence, but it was nice of her to let us know.
I used one of our newly-sharpened knives to cut a tomato at lunch and I'm happy to report it's much better than it was. I'm not sure it would chop wood or cut an aluminum can like a Ginsu knife, but I suppose I don't really need to do that anyway.