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Elephant Dung - As a Creative Material

Updated: Jun 2, 2023

"This year, Royal Academicians Rana Begum and Níall McLaughlin have worked collaboratively and curated architecture across two galleries, alongside artworks. They have worked closely with invited architects including Boonserm Premthada, who has innovated the use of elephant dung to make bricks and is displaying a custom-designed and fabricated structure using elephant dung bricks made in the UK."

The Guardian ‘We wanted to offer a sense of hope’: architects build on the climate crisis'

Architects' Journal 'RA Summer Exhibition architecture room mixes it up – from Tracey Emin to elephant dung'

Níall McLaughlin curated architecture, including architects Boonserm Premthada, alongside artworks.

This work was on display in the Summer Exhibition 2022 in the Large Weston Room


Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand

I was curious to see for myself the sculpture called 'Elephant Power' number 313 at the same room as my artwork 'Left Behind' in the Large Weston Room

Inspired by my RA Summer Exhibition artist/architect friend I decided to take this great opportunity and make my own paper from the elephant dung.

Golden elephants in Chiang Mai, photo by Lukas Kroulik.

Smiling elephants in Chiang Mai, photo by Lukas Kroulik.

This experience supported World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). WWF aims to "stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature."

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