Amazing Gravity-Defying Elephant in Union Square

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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.

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Marlborough Gallery: Website

All images via Marlborough Gallery.



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