Essay On Elephants
Today there are probably no more than 35,000 to 40,000 left in the wild.
Description At first glance, African and Asian elephants appear the same.
This version was also re-titled as THE NOMAD LIBRARY.
During 2017 it was performed at Research Pavillion in Venice, IFTR Coference in Sao Paulo and in New Performance Turku Festival in Turku. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/pilvi-porkola/library-essay-eng (app. 25 minutes.) Finnish version: Written and performed by Pilvi Porkola. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/pilvi-porkola/kirjastoessee-versio-4 Photos by Pilvi Porkola.
An informed eye, however, can distinguish the two species.
An African bull elephant (adult male) can weigh as much as 14,000 to 16,000 pounds (6300 to 7300 kg) and grow to 13 feet (four meters) at the shoulder.
Throughout history, the elephant has played an important role in human economies, religion, and culture.
For centuries, the elephant’s massive tusks have been prized for their ivory.Its smaller relative, the Asian elephant, averages 5,000 pounds (2300 kg) and 9 to 10 feet (3 meters) tall.The African elephant is sway-backed and has a tapering head, while the Asian elephant is hump-backed and has a huge, domed head.We partner with third party advertisers, who may use tracking technologies to collect information about your activity on sites and applications across devices, both on our sites and across the Internet.You always have the choice to experience our sites without personalized advertising based on your web browsing activity by visiting the DAA’s Consumer Choice page, the NAI's website, and/or the EU online choices page, from each of your browsers or devices.Probably the most interesting difference between the two species is their ears.Oddly, the African elephant’s large ears match the shape of the African continent, and the Asian elephant’s smaller ears match the shape of India.When people came in, they were advised to use their mobile phones and headphones to listen the audio essay I had written. The audience were able to wander in the empty building as they wished.There were also a few installations in the space: The essay text was a combination of quotes both from fiction and non-fiction concerning library as an institution and acts of writing and reading in the history of humankind.Asian elephants were never as abundant as their African cousins, and today they are even more endangered than African elephants.At the turn of the century, there were an estimated 200,000 Asian elephants.