This year, I have worked on a series of animals that are now my largest scale standing sculptures. While working on the various creatures, there was one animal that was in the back of my head: the elephant. So I gathered all sorts of elephantine looking parts: tin cans, a strainer, jello molds, frosting canisters, a tea kettle, and other assorted metal stuff. The picture below shows the elephant in the early stages.
It had an elephant quality to me, so pursued it further and added a very important features, the ears (as well as pair of gears for eyes):
I shared this photo with a friend of mine, and she noted that it is good luck for the trunk to be pointing up so I took that to heart:
Footnote (literally): The above two shots were taken at the same time, but the first my foot is socked and the second it is not. Maybe the elephant ate the sock?
Now once again it came to putting it all together. I would have to cut holes in both the tea kettle in the front and the strainer in the back. Bolts would connect the jello mold feet to the lower leg tin can, lower legs to the upper legs, and upper legs to the body.
As well as trying to figure out how to connect the legs to the body, there was also the issue of attaching all the torso and head parts together. This was something of a puzzle, and had to take the whole thing apart twice because I didn’t connect things in the right order. Below you can see some of the interior connections of the elephant.
The picture below shows the elephant with most of his body attached. Copper tubing was also added for the tail. By this point, the frosting canisters seemed too insubstantial to be the trunk, and metal parts I was using for the tusks too long and unwieldy. Here is the trunkless elephant.
The trunk would come from a sheet of metal with some nice indents in it. Somehow I got it into the shape of a trunk after a lot of persuasion. The tusks came from some banged up aluminum piping. Both were found at a junk yard.
Allie, as she came to be named, was born. She is about 33 inches from trunk to tail, and stands 18 inches tall.