MO WILLAMS ELEPHANT SCULPTURE

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Client

    Eric Carle Museum

Designer

    Mo Willams

Year

    2012

Location

    Amherst, MA

  Children’s book writer and illustrator Mo Willems fell in love with the possibilities of metal after attending a Salmon Studios open house in 2010. He began taking welding lessons with us and soon after arranged for one of his characters to be fabricated as a larger- than-life metal sculpture. The piece, ‘Red Elephant’ is currently on disp­­­­lay at the Eric Carl Book Museum in Amherst, Ma.

  Leading up to the full scale project we made a 2’ model to work out construction and logistical details of such a large and heavy piece. Mo provided us with a paper model that we digitized into CAD in order to have sections laser cut. The ears bolted on to facilitate transport and the finished piece weighed more than 1500 pounds. The install was scheduled as a public event to coincide with a book signing by Mo inside the museum.

  We provided 3 hours of entertainment for spectators and families to watch as the tow truck transporting the piece quickly got stuck in mud on its drive over the museum lawn to the install sight. The Salmon Studios team mobilized quickly and with help from the museum staff were able to carefully maneuver the Red Elephant to its installation sight on the museum’s back courtyard.