Intention behind the sculpture
I modelled this Baby Elephant sculpture to try to emphasise the joy that having elephants in our world represents. The species is becoming critically endangered. I believe art can help people think about why these precious animals should be protected.
I’d thought originally to sculpt an elephant in mortal pain, its tusks harvested by poachers. But the images of their suffering are only one side. We need reminders why the lives of the animals are important. I wanted to represent their joy in life and I felt that the Baby Elephant sculpture could be a really strong expression of that.
When I model animals I try where possible to find examples from life. In this case, I used many, many photos. They helped to show the animal’s anatomical features, the way its skin lies over its muscles or alters its shape, and their different poses and attitudes. One day I would dearly love to travel to see these wonderful animals in the wild!
– Your baby elephant sculpture raises money for wildlife conservation –
The Baby Elephant statue is part of my Charities Range. 10% of the proceeds go to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation. The wildlife conservation charity particularly focuses on Africa and Asia. It fights wildlife crime, protects natural areas and engages local communities in finding long-term, sustainable solutions to protect their native wildlife. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation works to end the ivory trade. It rescues and rehabilitating elephants orphaned by it. It also provides park protection for the future security of Africa’s elephants. The artist himself painted many elephants, and prints and paintings are gifted and sold to help raise money for the trust.
If you would like to commission a Baby Elephant sculpture or a another animal statue, I have some information about bespoke sculptures and pricing on my commissions page.
Available to order when out of stock
If the Baby Elephant sculpture is out of stock, I can have one cast for you within 12 weeks. I can possibly get it cast in 4 weeks, if your sculpture is for a special occasion. Please be aware when buying the Baby Elephant statue for delivery to the US or other countries outside the EU, your local customs duties may apply. This is most applicable to high value sculpture.
Bronze Resin (known also as Cold Cast Bronze) is made from a polyester epoxy resin with real bronze powder mixed into the surface layer. The final product is patinated (a term that describes the reaction of chemicals with the bronze powder in the surface) to give it a very similar colour to foundry bronze.
Foundry Bronze is made from molten metal using the lost wax method. Bronze metal is a blend of copper and tin along with other metals to give different characteristics to the final product.
Both forms begin as a clay or wax sculpture, from which a mould is taken, but Foundry Bronze casting is a costly and time-consuming process. Cold Casting allows for faster production and a more affordable sculpture.