Ah, my elephant. This was my first really large piece, back in 2001, my first exploration into creating a large animal sculpture. I knew that I didn’t want to simply make a copper replica of an elephant; I wanted to show those parts of the animal that really matter, the parts that define him. Hence, the brooding irresistible power of the brow; the infinite possibilities of the trunk, the brutal prongs of tusks; but also the bulk, the high spine-ridged back like an outhouse roof. The absurd fly-swish tail, which is bigger than you might think. The enormous ears. Especially, the wonderful sandbag feet, bearing all that weight aloft, and framed by such toenails. How can anyone not love an elephant’s toenails?
200cm long, 170cm tall; £12,550.
My elephant calf is similar in design to the adult elephant, but younger in character. This calf might break into a playful clumsy run; the big elephant would never do anything so irresponsible. He carries a broken-off branch like a toy, a source of inquisitive amusement. He is full of potential, and there is within him the knowledge that in years to come he will grow into those outsize ears, and full adult ponderous size and status.
160cm long, 105cm tall, 105 cm wide (needs space – those ears project). £6,250.