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The Fragile Giant

The smallest man-made object ever to be filmed  (as of November 2015).

Ivory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 African elephants in just three years, according to a new study that provides the first reliable continent-wide estimates of illegal kills.
— National Geographic, 18 August 2014

The Fragile Giant on a human fingerprint

Why the fragile giant?

Originally sponsored by Chugai Pharmaceuticals, this project shines a light on the fragility of the world's elephant population.  

We have come so far! We can place a microscopic elephant between the grooves of a human fingerprint, but we don't seem able to save the species from our own hands..

This elephant sculpture is just over on tenth of a millimetre high. It is walking along the stark and perilous landscape of a human fingerprint. It can be destroyed by a human breath.

Confiscated elephant tusks and boxes of figurines carved from ivory sit in the main hall of the National Wildlife Property Repository, in Colorado. PHOTOGRAPH BY KATE BROOKS, REDUX

Confiscated elephant tusks and boxes of figurines carved from ivory sit in the main hall of the National Wildlife Property Repository, in Colorado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY KATE BROOKS, REDUX

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