by Chris Chun

"Kiku is based off one of my paintings which was inspired by an antique kimono fabric I bought in Japan. I love the rich colours, decoration and dramatic layout of patterns. I thought that my painting would look quite stunning on an elephant and in some ways, quite regal as there is a lot gold in it. I also added butterflies as they symbolise hope and freedom. It's my way of wishing for elephants to be able to live in a safe and protected environment" says Chris. "Last year, I had the opportunity to spend the day learning how to ride an elephant and become a mahout for the day. We got to feed, bathe and look after our own elephant for the day and it was just such a magical experience. They really are incredible and gentle creatures!” 

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