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ELEPHANTS, RHINO, PEOPLE: A SERIES

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ERP harnesses intelligent technology to track, monitor and protect elephants and rhinos.


In June 2019, a press event, called ‘Digital Deliverance’, was run by software company, SAP, showcasing how its technology* was being used by ERP on the South African plains.


The organisation took journalists out on safari to watch remote-controlled drone aircraft fly surveillance missions, first hand. And the journalists were also shown how enforcement patrols were then alerted to suspicious activities. This was one of the most innovative examples of the use of internet-of-things (IoT) technology, and it was based on SAP’s software. Indeed, SAP believes that the ERP story will be remembered as a truly defining moment in the development of the IoT.


To commemorate this press event, three oil-on-canvas paintings were commissioned – by artist, George Groves – depicting an elephant, rhino and local person, respectively. You can now view these works at the Art Moments exhibition, running from mid-March, at SAP’s headquarters in Walldorf, Germany.

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ELEPHANT

Elephant captures the calming energy of these beautiful creatures – visually, physically and
mentally – especially with its ochre and yellow tones. It was the first of the ERP series, taken
from a still from one of the official ERP videos.

 

Size: 150 x 100cm.

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RHINO

Rhino conveys the animal’s strength physicality and strong presence, using fiery orange,
and warm and energetic brush strokes. This was the second painting, and also created from
an ERP video still.


Size: 150 x 100cm.

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PEOPLE

People is a portrait of an elderly woman from the South African community – an unknown
ambassador for the people – representing the culture that’s being impacted by ERP’s work.


Size: 150 x 100cm.

ERP'S
STORY

Elephants, Rhinos & People (ERP) was founded to preserve and protect Southern Africa’s wild elephants and rhinos through a strategy that is based on rural poverty alleviation. In order to accomplish its mission, ERP carefully selects projects based on their potential to create economic engines for impoverished rural communities in areas adjacent to threatened elephant and rhino populations. Armed with an Ashoka-accredited poverty alleviation model, and by having a multifaceted team positioned to tackle poverty, ERP is able to address the welfare of elephants and rhinos in an unusual but effective manner. ERP brings over 20 years of experience in community relations, poverty alleviation, and impact investment in infrastructure, so as to achieve sustainable, non-lethal wildlife conservation.

DISCOVER MORE

If you'd like to learn more about this series of paintings, or more about the work of ERP,
please get in touch at george@officialgroves.com, or fill in the form below.

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