Tag Archives: Elephant

Big Bling

FullSizeRender 2Big Bling // Martin Puryear // pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood, fiberglass, gold leaf // 40 x 10 x 38 ft  // Photograph by Erin Fong

Standing 40 feet tall in Madison Square Park is the abstract elephant sculpture Big Bling by Martin Puryear. Constructed out of pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood and fiberglass this colossal piece was designed to look like a chain-link grid pattern. The tusks and harness of the elephant are embellished with gold leaf, which seems a sharp contrast with to the primary building materials used for the body of the elephant. The juxtaposition provides social commentary on the rich diversity of New York City and its inhabitants who visit Madison Square Park.

FullSizeRender 3Big Bling // Martin Puryear // pressure-treated laminated timbers, plywood, fiberglass, gold leaf // 40 x 10 x 38 ft  // Photograph by Erin Fong

 

Ella May

IMG_9885.JPGElla May // Charlotte Brown

It is the Elephant Parade! Painted statues of elephants, such as Ella May by Charlotte Brown, are located in cities around the world. These decorated elephant statutes are part of the Elephant Parade, which raises awareness about the importance of elephant conservation. The statues are for sale and the proceeds are sent to help save the elephants. I saw this one in London. Have you seen any?

Baby Tembo

FullSizeRender-8Baby Tembo // Derrick Hudson // Bronze // 2002

Whilst wandering around the campus of London School of Economics, my friends and I came across the cutest little statue of an elephant. Named Baby Tembo, this work was created by artist Derrick Hudson and stands directly outside the library. This sculpture was part of a collection of art donated to LSE by alum Louis Odette to promote outdoor works of art for everyone to enjoy during their walk to class, work or in my case, exploring.