Imagine Chicago is now a partner of The Human
Elephant Foundation (HEF) which is dedicated to activating ecological
imagination, interdisciplinary conversation and sustainable practices. HEF
was founded by Andries Botha, an eminent South African sculptor and great friend
of Imagine Chicago. His most recent elephant, a life-size African matriarch named
Nomkhubulwane (pronounced Nom-koo-bull-wah'-nee -Zulu for Mother Earth), was made from recycled truck tires. She was made for the World Wilderness Congress in Merida
last November, has traveled throughout Mexico ( El Papalote Children's Museums
in both Mexico City and Cuernavaca and Cd. Juarez- they nicknamed her Nanabi in
Mexico), El Paso, and Fayetteville before coming to Chicago on March 28, 2010.
Since she is the first elephant (of the 12 made to
date by Botha for HEF) to grace North America, Imagine Chicago
undertook to take her on a U.S. tour in 2010 as an ambassador of beauty, sustainability
and the ability of human intelligence to harness its creative potential to
inspire a more vital future. She visited Chicago in June-July 2010. The WILD
Foundation is an
educational and conservation partner.