I have always been in awe of elephants. To me, they are the most majestic animals in all of Africa.
This is why I decided to take on my most challenging project yet, a pair of large-scale elephants called Ellie and Billy.
If you are searching for garden sculptures near Melbourne, these corten steel elephants would make unique and mesmerising additions to your property.
The trunk of the elephant, in particular, fascinates me. While I originally thought it was just for drinking through, I later learnt that elephants use their trunks for breathing, smelling, producing sound, touching and grasping objects.
An elephant’s trunk is incredibly intricate.
It is made up of over 40,000 muscles and can lift up to 350 kilograms.
I put this knowledge into my work, making sure the trunks were an integral part of Ellie and Billy’s craftsmanship.
Billy’s trunk was the last part of him that I constructed. It is held high, a symbol of good fortune in some cultures, but also a vital link to his big sister.
There is a sacred bond elephants share with their family members. They gather and migrate in groups and this is why I created my metal elephant sculptures as a pair.
It was important for me to demonstrate the flow and movement of these gentle giants, despite being made from hard-edged corten steel.
It was my desire to capture the allure, magnitude and beauty of African elephants that has always fascinated me.
These metal elephant sculptures won the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.