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Elephant hunting with Melbourne Zoo’s “Mali in the City”

By September 17, 2012 July 29th, 2018 Cool Stuff, News, Personal Work

One the of things we love about living in Melbourne is that there’s ALWAYS something cool happening. Like a few weeks ago, when colourful elephant statues started popping up all over the city.

This year is the 150th anniversary of Melbourne Zoo, and as part of the celebrations the zoo folk created a fun public art project, named “Mali in the City” after Mali, the first elephant calf ever born at Melbourne Zoo.

Fifty life-sized (baby) elephant statues were created, decorated by different artists, and then dotted around the city. The whimsical elephants were a fun addition to public spaces, with the aim of brightening up the city as well as raising awareness of (and funds for) the Zoo’s elephant breeding programme.

For people who wanted to play the ultimate elephant scavenger hunt the Zoo created a supercool iPhone app to track all 50 Malis, with a description and exact map location for each. The app only lets you tick off each elephant as ‘found’ if you are actually in the correct GPS location – so no cheating was allowed.

Brence and I took it upon ourselves to not only visit each Mali but to also photograph all fifty of them, which turned out to be a lot of fun. A friend of ours suggested we wear pith helmets on our adventures, which we totally would have done if we owned any.

All the Malis will be auctioned off later this month to raise money for Melbourne Zoo. I kind of wish they could just stay out on display – who wouldn’t want a herd of colourful elephants grazing around the place all year round?

Here’s our photo record of the 50 Mali sculptures – click the images for a larger view.

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Urban Jungle

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Tiger Mali

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Self-Portrait and Elephantasy

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Spooky Possum Mali

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Humanageric

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Helmeted Honeyeaters Habitat

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Mali’s Crimson Song

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Spot

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Faunaphant

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Neo Composite

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Ranee

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Lotus

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Mali Turns The City Pink, and Night And Day

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Jimbo

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Bromley One

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Wooly Mali

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Bromley Two

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Wave To Mali

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Mali’s Dreaming

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Mirkas Mali

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Endangered Asia

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Mali, Protector Of The Animals

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City In Mali

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Baroque Baby

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Mali’s Winter Wonderland

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Enceladus

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Stripes

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Prayer For Protection

Mali Dreams and Botani

Mali Dreams and Botani

The Frank Realities

The Frank Realities

Patch

Patch

Ming Vase Elephant

Ming Vase Elephant

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Mali Is Listening To The Earth

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A Pattern Of Orange Bellied Parrots

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Shared Path

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Same Same

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Kevin Presley

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No Ordinary Elephant

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Jingle

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Eltham Copper Butterfly Story

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Elephas Maximus

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Forest Rides On The Elephant’s Back

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Harmony

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Rusty Mali

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Pond Dreaming

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Here Today

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Gabriel

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We made it! Brence and I high-five as we tick off our last Mali outside Melbourne Zoo.

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