By Calley O’Neill and The Rama Team, Featuring RAMA, the Artist Elephant
Featured Artist at the IUCN World Conservation Congress
THE RAMA EXHIBITION, A JOURNEY OF ART AND SOUL FOR THE EARTH, is a groundbreaking interspecies exhibition of art and ecology celebrating biodiversity ~ the variety of life that sustains us. I was deeply honored to be chosen as the featured conservation artist for the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress 2016. The congress has been held every four years for 70 years. This was the first time it was held in the US. The Rama Exhibition World Premiere was a resounding success, reaching 10,000 conservation leaders from 192 nations.
Upon seeing artist Elephant RAMA paint with innovative keeper Jeb Barsh, at the Oregon Zoo in 2006, conservation artist Calley O’Neill saw a compelling vision of an international traveling exhibition on endangered species. In collaboration with Rama and her team, Calley is creating an immersive experience of large wildlife thangka paintings, a bioacoustical soundscape, dramatic lighting, a stained glass biodiversity chapel, wildlife prayer wheels, The Animal Wheel, and The Action Room.
The exhibition provides a penetrating experience of the biodiversity we are losing, while pointing to the healthy future we can create. The work speaks passionately on behalf of those who cannot speak. The Rama Exhibition is a call to action that takes visitors on an important journey to feel what’s happening to life on Earth, and why it’s essential to preserve it.
Our goal is a wildly successful worldwide exhibition stirring people’s innate love of life and triggering an immediate shift in awareness. What we love, we will protect. It is our intention that visitors leave with a conviction of the heart, aware that our actions will determine the quality of life on Earth for the foreseeable future.