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About the piece:
Emma has realised that using art to save wildlife is an extremely important motivator to keep painting. ‘Mumbai Flights’ shows the flamingos in this great city of 20 million people. Mumbai hosts the annual migration of more than 100,000 flamingos; the city is painted pink in a vibrant, raucous ‘flamboyance’. It’s a fragile and complicated relationship with humans both supporting and threatening the future of this spectacle. It’s believed that domestic sewage supports plankton and algae growth which provide food for flamingos, however industrial waste, fishing and construction compromises this effect. Building an airport and a 22km sea bridge has already infringed on valuable mangroves and mudflats, and now plans to construct a high-speed train line puts the future of the flamingos in jeopardy.
At least 50% of the proceeds from this sale will support the charitable work of David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) and our ground-based conservation partners across Africa and Asia.