These four-by-four foot fiberglass elephants are being made on the 600 block in the back of the Oleson Gallery by James Oleson and his brother. The project is headed by a partnership between the Tampa Bay Host Committee and the Outdoor Art Foundation to Beautify the Community. Dozens of the pachyderms will be placed around Tampa and the Bay area.
Businesses pay $2000 for the total cost of the sculpture. The artists who paint them will be paid around $500. The first artist chosen was Carl Cowden, renowned Tampa muralist and master printer at University of Tampa. Some will be going up around June, but most will not go up until Convention time.
They're technically half-elephants, which will go up against walls or other flat vertical structures. This cuts the costs of pedestals and reduces the chances of vandalism.
|James Oleson and Elephant sculpture|