While making this elephant I learned some facts that really bothered me about how elephants are trained for pets or the circus. Reading about them being tied with chains to trees while babies disturbed me, but I felt more connect to the issue of conservation at the same time. I am more motivated to stand up for animals rights and to protect creatures that need protecting. As my hands make the chocolate more and more like an elephant, I find myself bonding with these creatures. The amount of concentration that I require to make the ears the right shape forces me to take a really good look at the picture and through that process the animal takes on life. To me they are no longer pictures but majestic creatures that share this Earth. I want them to be here, to thrive, to evolve like life is meant to. I want children and other people to stop and look at these elephants and to experience the same kind of awe that I have.
I connect with the things I make and that is why I started making edible art. I was looking for a way to feel connected to the world around me, to the things and people around me. I think when it all boils down, we all just want to feel a connection. Whether it is through love, and that special person you've found, or through a birthday for a friend or a child, we all get together to celebrate our connection to one another. I think that is the greatest part of being human; we can reflect and know we are connected.
It is always amazing to me when I see people getting together to care about something that is more than ourselves. The E-8 campaign is called Haathi mere Saathi. The Indian Minister of Environment & Forests is going to the people of India for help. He is reminding folks about the cultural significance of elephants and educating them about the ecological significance of elephants. For the full article click Elephant.
I am not only a cake artist; I am very proud to say that I am an ecological theologian. I am the first to get in line behind a major initiative that conserves our beautiful planet for future generations. Biodiversity is a major factor in the survival of all species including humans. We need to maintain our world's diversity. Just like many brides want a cake that represents herself and her groom for their wedding day, the Earth wants a representation of every living thing to thrive and evolve.
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