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The 2015 Lustwarande explores the theme “Rapture and Pain,” using the contemporary sculptures of 17 artists for platforms of social criticism and commentary. As with the previous four editions, this year’s outdoor sculpture exhibition is held in Tilburg’s Baroque woodlands De Oude Warande. Kevin van Braak’s elephant sculpture drew inspiration from the Baroque park and era, a time when importing exotic animals, including elephants, into Europe for display in gardens became fashionable.

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Van Braak’s impressive sculpture criticizes both the Baroque era and societies that passively or actively support elephant poaching. The elephant is made entirely out of teakwood sourced from old ships and created in collaboration with Indonesian wood carvers. Visitors are invited to see the work up close and touch the elephant’s ash-colored skin. The installation will be on display until October 25, 2015.

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