An International Traveling Exhibition of Endangered Species
Dedicated to the Children of the World by Calley O'Neill with Rama the Elephant
AN EPIC JOURNEY OF ART AND SOUL FOR THE EARTH
RAMA: AMBASSADOR FOR THE ENDANGERED ONES
Speaking Passionately on Behalf of Those who Cannot Speak
THE RAMA EXHIBITION WORLD PREMIERE
IUCN WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS 2016
Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawai’i
September 1-10, 2016
THE RAMA EXHIBITION
An Interspecies Journey of Art and Soul for the Earth
By Calley O’Neill and Rama the Elephant
THE RAMA EXHIBITION WORLD PREMIERE at the IUCN World Conservation Congress was the culmination of the groundbreaking interspecies collaboration by artist Calley O’Neill and the late RAMA the Elephant with innovative zookeeper Jeb Barsh.
The premiere was also the international kickoff of the travelling exhibition, which highlights the plight of endangered species and ecosystems worldwide. THE RAMA EXHIBITION reached 10,000 people from 192 nations who came together to work across boundaries and through differences to protect and preserve the natural world. Calley’s ten year dream of stimulating a profound inner experience of love for wildlife and all life through these interspecies works was realized.
The response to the first twenty-one wildlife thangka paintings was overwhelmingly positive, emotion packed, and deeply honoring. Fusing the worlds of art and ecology, each painting communicated to every person who took the time to pause, and allow the thangka to stir their innate love of life. To see and feel the response to this body of work was amazing!
Scientists, such as physicist Fritoj Capra and famed professor, biologist and Nature’s Hero, Edward O. Wilson, have warned that by continuing to disrupt the Earth’s symbiotic living systems, humans place their own survival at great risk. Honoring the Nature’s Heroes present in the most important gathering ever assembled for the conservation of nature, the exhibition will continue to be a clarion call to wake up and work together to preserve biodiversity, the variety of life that sustains us.
If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.
Terry Tempest Williams
WHY ART? ART IS POWER. R. A. M. A. Real Art Means Action.
Now we have seen that The Rama Exhibition has the power to open hearts and minds, and move people to take an active part in our greatest task...the conservation of nature and a healthy future.
We, Earth’s dominant species, have everything we need to restore the living systems that sustain us, and shift to abundant, sustainable lifestyles through everything we think, say, do, buy, and refuse to buy. In so doing, we will generate enough noble work to encompass everyone’s energy, innate altruistic drive, and creativity.
COLLECTOR'S LIMITED EDITION POSTERS
To help defray the costs of the Exhibition that exceeded our funding, THE RAMA EXHIBITION WORLD PREMIERE IUCN WORLD CONSERVATION CONGRESS SIGNED and INSCRIBED LIMITED EDITION POSTERS are available for a suggested $50 donation shipped anywhere in the world to reimburse Calley for expenses.
Choose 3 posters in the same tube for $100 or the set of 4 in the same tube for $150. Mahalo nui for your support! Take home THE RAMA EXHIBITION!
Yes, I saw your work. I found it striking…beautiful.
My new book is called THE ORIGIN OF CREATIVITY.
It will be art that exponentially expands the reach of this knowledge.