Mourning Erin

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Dimensions:
9.00" H x 23.00" W x 8.00" D
Medium:
Bronze
Year Completed:
2011
Subject(s):
African Elephant
Original for Sale:
Original Available
Available as Ltd Edition:
Yes
Artist will donate 35% to Amboseli Trust for Elephants from sale of this work.
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Unlike other animals, elephants seem to recognize the dead of one of their own. Although they pay no attention to the remains of other species, elephants always react to the body or bones of a dead elephant. When they come upon an elephant carcass they stop and become quiet and tense. They first reach their trunks out toward the body and smell it, then approach slowly and cautiously and begin to touch the bones. The head and tusks are of particular interest to them. They run their trunks along the tusks and jaw and feel in all the crevices and hollows in the skull. One can only speculate as to what they are thinking at this time.
These elephants are part of Cynthia Moss' study group in Amboseli National Park. The skull belongs to Erin, who died as the result of being speared. Erin's mother Echo has her trunk wrapped around the skull while her young calf Email approaches from the side.
Upon close examination of the two sculptures of Echo(Echo & Calf) you will notice that her tusks have shifted position. For most of her adult life her left tusk crossed over her right one. Sometime between 2001 and 2003 she bent the left one down, most likely by using it to lift something like a tree root. Eventually the left tusk would cross under the right.
Echo died May 3rd, 2009 in the center of Amboseli National Park. It is believed she died from a combination of old age (estimated to be 64 years) and the long three-year drought Amboseli had been experiencing.
I want to thank Joyce Poole for her critiques and advice during the sculpting process and Cynthia Moss for providing the title.

Shipping: $75 for continental US and Canada. Email me for shipping charges to other countries.
I have only a small number of bronzes available for immediate shipment. Delivery may take between three and six months.

 

Awards

            Wildscape Magazine: Wildlife Artist of the year Compitition 2011
                      Professional Category: Overall Winner and Wildlife Artist of the Year

            American Artists Proffessional League: 86th Grand National Exhibition 2014: Frank C. Wright Medal of Honor

            Academic Artists Association: 66th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Realism 2016                                                                                                    Academic Artists Excellence Award

            Fusion Art: Into the Wild International Art Exhibition 2018: Second Place/Sculpture
                                            

Major Exhibitions

            Bennington Center for the Arts: Art and the Animal Kingdom XVI, 2011
            Artists for Conservation: The Art of Conservation Exhibition, 2011
            Society of Animal Artists: 51st Annual Art and the Animal, 2011
            Wildscape Magazine: Wildlife Artist of the year Compitition 2011
            Art Renewal Center, 8th Annual International 2012-13 ARC Salon, Finalist
            Bennington Center for the Arts: Laumeister Fine Art Competition, 2013
            American Artists Professional League: 86th Grand National Exhibition 2014
            ENDANGERED Art and Photography Contest: art4apes 2014
            Allied Artists of America:  66th Annual National Exhibition 2016                                                                                                          Bennington Center for the Arts: Collective Members’ Show 2017                                  
            National Sculpture Society: Performance in Sculpture exhibition at the David A. Straz Center for the                                   Performing Arts Tampa, Florida 2017-2018              
            Fusion Art: Into the Wild International Art Exhibition 2018    
                                                                                                                                  

Available Editions of this Artwork

Edition Info Edition Size Dimensions Edition Price
Mourning Erin | Sculpture Edition (Numbered) 24 9.00" H x 23.00" W x 8.00" D $5,000.00 USD

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