The life sized bull elephant was created by internationally acclaimed sculptor David Lomax, who
encountered looking after his harem on a visit to the Skeleton Coast of Namibia in the 1980s.
The artwork was created for renowned conservationist John Aspinall in 1992. The plaster creation was the basis for casting three twelve foot tall bronze statues by Pangolin Editions in Stroud, each weighed four tonnes and were shipped to Los Angeles, Australia and Mexico.
From there the plaster elephant, which had been cut up into twelve pieces to cast the different parts in bronze before being welded together, lay in hibernation for nearly 25 years, until seen in David’s studio. It has now been reassembled and painted a very realistic elephant colour.
The guests to the unveiling ceremony were asked to give generously to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. Amanda Butler from Peatmoor, who acts as volunteer foundation ambassador in the region, described the efforts to work with governments in Africa to prevent poaching, as well as sending undercover agents to investigate illegal wildlife crime, and to encourage villagers to see wildlife as an asset and find ways to discourage elephants off their lands, as well as running orphanages for baby elephants whose parents have been killed.
There were articles in the Link and Swindon Advertiser
and a video on Facebook:
It was a really memorable day.