Mali in the City

Have you ever wanted to paint a giant elephant and have your work displayed for two months at prominent locations across Melbourne’s CBD? Incredibly, Zoos Victoria is making this possible with their Mali in the City public art project, letting loose 50 artist-decorated elephants across Melbourne during August and September as part of their 150th birthday celebrations. (Animal rights activists need not be concerned – these are sculpted fibreglass elephants: possibly as beautiful as the real deal, but definitely not nearly as alive). The call is now on for creatives to register their interest and submit their Mali-decorating ideas by Friday, April 6th. Applicants need not be from Melbourne only, and need not be ‘traditional’ artists either: anyone from any creative field is welcome, so if you’ve got an interesting concept, bring it! Successful applicants will be commissioned from May onwards, with the Mali display culminating in a final birthday parade and auction at Melbourne Zoo during October to raise money for their Wildlife and Community Conservation programs.