Design and graphics: Joe Levine
Celebrate Haddonfield’s 3rd annual “April is Haddonfield Sculpture Month” with tours, do-it-yourself activities, and the acquisition of a 450-pound bronze baby elephant based on a real-life orphaned elephant in Kenya, coming to the Children’s Sculpture Zoo – and a contest to name him now underway.
“Especially with COVID, we have free opportunities for everyone to take self-guided and guided walking tours of nearly two dozen traditional and abstract sculptures,” said Stuart Harting, founder and chair of the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust (HOST). “Our Zoo – with a life-size bronze giraffe, bunny, toad and sea lion sculptures — is open, and a great place to enjoy art in a garden setting, take selfies, engage in social media and, most importantly, stay safe by wearing a mask and observing social distancing.”
The baby elephant – 450 pounds of cuddly bronze – is a likeness of an orphaned baby elephant found wandering Kenya’s remote Ndoto hills several years ago. Just 48 hours old, he was rescued by local tribesmen, rehabilitated at the world-renowned Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and named Baby Ndotto (“our little dream”). His rescue inspired acclaimed Australian sculptors Gillie and Marc to create a 2020 exhibit of 21 life-size bronze elephants that became the hit of London, raising funds and awareness for these endangered animals. The artists created only three life-size versions of Ndotto, one of those orphans, which will soon be found only in Haddonfield, New York and London. Anyone can submit a name at www.HaddonfieldSculpture.org.
Self-guided sculpture tours are available 24/7. Simply follow the walking tour map online at www.HaddonfieldSculpture.org. Take your own selfies and post to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. There will also be a guided walking tour on International Sculpture Day, Saturday, April 24, leaving from the “Open Heart” sculpture in Kings Court at 1:00pm and ending at the Zoo. Rain date is April 25.
From April 7-10, kids ages 5 and up are invited to pick up a make-your-own “Sculpture Craft Kit” at the Haddonfield Public Library while supplies last. Take photos and share to social media by Friday, April 23. No judging, prizes or exhibits – just creativity and fun!
On April 24, International Sculpture Day, celebrate at the Children’s Sculpture Zoo at 3:00pm, at Tatem Park, Kings Highway East and Evergreen Lane,including dedication of the Lion Bench and Meet Ndotto! Naming contest winner(s) to be announced with prizes TBD. Dress up in costume and BYOElephant. Rain date is April 25.