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Elephant for Glasgow
Elephant for Glasgow
Elephant for Glasgow
Elephant for Glasgow
Elephant for Glasgow
Elephant for Glasgow
Elephant for Glasgow

© the artist. Image credit: Gordon Baird / Art UK

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A life-size, 11 ton Asian elephant, chosen as a direct connection to many Commonwealth countries in South Asia and Africa where Glasgow-built trains were deployed and where the elephant is seen as both a form of transport and an animal of symbolic power. It was cast from redundant and scrap locomotive parts made in Govan and sourced from India and South Africa. Hunter began by making a life-size model in clay which was then cast in resin at House for an Art Lover during the commonwealth games of 2014. The final sculpture was cast in Yorkshire and transported to the site of the famous 1938 British Empire Exhibition in Bellahouston Park. Hunter said, 'It’s a celebration of our city’s strength and contribution to industrial and cultural developments across the Commonwealth and a reminder of the very successful Commonwealth Games the city hosted in 2014'.
Title

Elephant for Glasgow

Date

2014–2015

Medium

cast iron

Accession number

G52_GB_S004

Acquisition method

commissioned by House for an Art Lover

Work type

Statue

Owner

House for an Art Lover

Custodian

House for an Art Lover

Work status

extant

Unveiling date

4th September 2015

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at all times

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Located at

Dumbreck Road, Glasgow City

G52 1EQ

Sited within Bellahouston Park.