Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa Elephant R.U.N. Sculpture Contest Stampedes Through The Fin

Leading up to its opening in June 2016, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Resort & Spa inaugurated the Elephant R.U.N. sculpture competition. Open to Sri Lankan residents, the “Reuse + Upcycle = New Art” competition asked entrants to craft Asian elephant sculptures made entirely of discarded materials to raise awareness of the current threats to the survival of wild Asian elephants in Sri Lanka.

Photos courtesy of the artists on @elephantrun Instagram.

Since the competition’s launch in 2015, the resort has seen an impressive number of entries from artists both young and old. The entries submitted have taken creativity to its limits with elephants made from bottle caps to sticks, chandelier remnants and old bicycle chains. Check out the video to see some of the artists’ impressive sculptures!

Finalists will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the resort in 2016. The youth winner will receive LKR150,000 (about US $1,034) and the adult winner will receive LKR200,000 (about US $1,379). All finalist sculptures will be displayed at the resort’s opening.

Follow Elephant R.U.N. on Instagram @elephantrun to follow the competition!