Tusked African Elephant

The illustrious, tusked “African Elephant” contributes to the Whale Forest Sculpture positioned behind the tail of the whale. If one looks closely, one can see the nine-foot diameter outline of the original tree by observing the narrow band that rings the circumference of the sculpture. This band represents the Cambrian layer, which is the sapwood under the bark where the tree grows outward. A striking sculpture of the magnificent African Elephant, one feels blessed in her presence.

Protecting the Elephants: Earlier this century African elephant populations were heavily hunted by humans, and driven close to extinction in some areas. In 1979, there were estimated to be 1.3 million elephants in Africa; 10 years later, there were only about 600,000. In Kenya alone, the elephant population plummeted from 130,000 in 1973 to less than 20,000 in 1989, a loss of 85%. Although they are protected by law today, elephants throughout Africa continue to live under the constant threat from two major forces: illegal hunting fueled by the demand for ivory products, and loss of habitat due to expanding human settlement.

Description: The sculpture captures the head of the elephant and is painstakingly carved from a salvaged, old-growth redwood tree. The sculpture measures 6’6” wide, 9’ tall, and 4’ deep. The sculpture is mounted on its own custom welded base, which can be moved easily with a forklift. The whale’s tusks are carved from Finish Ice Birch and are removable for purposes of transportation.

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