Jonathan Mizzi has created Phalice – a limited edition sculpture commissioned by Elephant Family, founded by Mark Shand. Phalice will be unveiled at a private viewing of ‘Mark Shand’s Adventures and Curiosities’ at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Saville Row, next Thursday.
Jonathan Mizzi was approached by Elephant Family, a charity founded by the late Mark Shand following his journeys across India with a street elephant named Tara – to create a unique phallic sculpture for Mark’s personal collection of fertility symbols. A new exhibition will be opened this week to celebrate the legacy of Shand’s journey, his foundation of the charity, as well as the various personal treasures he picked up during his travels. The show is curated by his daughter, Ayesha Shand, and features 101 fertility symbols reimagined by contemporary artists and inspired by the founder’s original collection.
Mizzi is honoured and delighted to contribute his own sculpture, Phalice, to this fascinating and prestigious collection. “This project has been a joy to work on," Jonathan said. "Aside from being given an opportunity to collaborate with the brilliant Elephant Family, I was thrilled to be able to create a unqiue sculpture that celebrates both masculinity, femininity, and – of course – the wonder of fertility. I’m also deeply honoured to be exhibiting alongside this esteemed group of artists in what will be a truly stunning exhibition”.