Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Unveiling of Hoarusib, The Bull Elephant

With temperatures this weekend reaching double figures, it's hard to remember that last Sunday temperatures hardly seemed to rise above freezing for the great unveiling of a sculpture of Hoarusib, The Bull Elephant.
 With the low temperatures, we had little cloud, brilliantly blue skies, perfect conditions for taking photographs. From the combe where the elephant is situated, the skyline with profiles of leafless trees was beautiful. Looking the other way there was the covered sculpture of the elephant.


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.

In the combe, very near the elephant is this gorgeous sculpture which looked fabulous in the sun, and with the blue sky in the background.
There were about 150 people present, they listened to speeches given by Joel Joffe, David Lomax, David Renard, Leader of the council and MP Robert Buckland who performed the final unveiling.

A couple of crowd scenes

And here's the elephant


 I love these photos of the elephant

Below this is what the plaque says:


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
https://www.facebook.com/SwindonLink/posts/1297470343616997
and a video on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/paulgregory870/posts/10157911865335046
It was a really memorable day.

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