Save Vanishing Species with AWE or as they are known in New Orleans, The Krewe of AWE, erected its first sculpture in partnership with the City of Kenner, LA on December 19, 2015.
"Ella" as the sculpture is known is a 16' tall abstract elephant designed by Artist Hernan Caro.
Henry and Pat Shane donated the funds to cover the cost of the sculpture and installation.
Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni arranged the meeting of all parties as part of his program to establish Kenner's role as the 6th largest city in Louisiana and a destination place for tourism and family living.
The Shanes, with extensive #Art experience, have been working with local officials for some time and have made several art donations to create an outdoor sculpture garden in Kenner.
The location of Ella is on a median between Divine Mercy and Vineyard Churches at the intersection of Sal Yentini and Joe Yenni Boulevards near the New Orleans international Airport.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser arranged for his 20' long parade elephant "Peanut" to provide a backdrop to the event.
Krewe of AWE board member Teryl Flettrich designed an event that featured a wonderful vegetarian assortment of foods with a presentation of more than 200 colored elephants by school children with messages to save the species.
AWE has launched a You Tube Channel called "AWE News" and produces a Public Broadcasting TV show called: "Awesome Wildlife Effort". The show begins with interview of leaders in politics, religious ministry, and community making an "Awesome Wildlife Effort." The second segment is devoted to interviews of Wildlife Artists and followed by field trips to sanctuaries.
Joey Harmon serves as Production Manager.
AWE has obtained films of African wildlife to follow its episodes.
Utilizing the uniqueness of Mardi Gras, members of AWE will march five miles in Parades as: "The Great Tuskers of AWE" in what is called "A Walk for Elephants" fundraiser with pledges for orphan adoptions and to educate.