Amazing Gravity-Defying Elephant in Union Square

New York just got another piece of incredible public art. This time it's a 26-foot-tall bronze elephant sculpture designed by Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo. The 15,000 pound wrinkly elephant arrived yesterday, September 15, in Union Square. The talented elephant is balancing upside-down on his long trunk with the help of a steel tube attached to a steel base. Notice the sagging skin, the off-kilter positioning of the huge legs, and the overturned floppy ears. They're all meant to show his gravity-defying position.

Called "Gran Elefandret," the elephant is meant to resemble a metallic tree. As Barceló told ARTINFO, "A tree looks like an upside-down elephant, and when you touch a tree, it feels like the skin of an elephant. It's an urban work."

The whimsical piece will be up until May. It is presented by Marlborough Gallery, which represents the artist.

Marlborough Gallery's website

Photos Courtesy of Marlborough Gallery

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Comment by maurice stencel on September 20, 2011 at 7:05am
C'est une très bonne sculpture. Cet éléphant est aussi beau qu'un arbre lorsque l'arbre est beau.
Comment by The Design Ark on September 15, 2011 at 1:29pm
Nice but not as nice as the original -
Comment by Alyssa Anda on September 15, 2011 at 11:10am
I bet it's even better in person!
Comment by sAm on September 14, 2011 at 12:15pm

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