Here is a photo journey of that process culminating in the sculpture fulfilling it's purpose: being played with by kids.
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|Cutting lots of shapes, I discover an Elephant!|
|Final paper model|
|3rd draft or so, designs|
|Proof of Concept production.|
|Painted Proof of Concept (@ 3+' x 1+')|
|Changes in design are made, then we make the full scale pieces|
|Getting rid of the rough edges.|
|Assembling the border pieces|
|Attaching the ears.|
|Momma with the Proof of Concept and a smaller pal.|
|At the paint shop.|
|The Elephant is Red-dy.|
|The day before, the team uses a plywood model to suss out placement of The Elephant. It was sunny.|
|Most of the install team with museum director Alix Kennedy.|
|In the morning, The Elephant is loaded up after a night of pouring rain.|
She got many looks on the road over from Easthampton to Amherst.
|@450 folks were there to see the install.|
We sure hoped the @1500 lbs. Elephant and thetruck wouldn't get stuck in the mud.
|She got stuck in the mud.|
|The Elephant unloaded.|
|The truck was supposed to drop the Elephant over a retaining wall.|
|Now how would we get her over?|
She was way too heavy for even these big guys to lift.
|Solution: jack it up and jurry-rig a ramp, then winch her down.|
|I make myself useful|
and explain the plan to the awesome, patient, and amused crowd.
|It works! Fabricator Sam Ostroff is happy.|
|Architect of the Carle Museum and all around great guy,|
Earl Pope and I walk around The Red Elephant for final placement.
|A little to the right. Now a little to the left. Now to the right again.|
|Earl and I are happy and The Elephant is lowered from its casters.|
Congrats and a promise of future root beers all around.
|Then to signing books.|
|A quick lecture on the process and my metal and ceramic work with Sam.|
|Then The Red Elephant is put to use; being played with.|
|What a fun day!|
|Come visit The Red Elephant anytime|
at the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum in Amherst, MA.