CLEVELAND - The whimsical, colorful and majestic elephant sculptures from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's African Elephant Crossing exhibit are now on display at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The five sculptures, made possible through the generosity of northeast Ohio's corporate community, will be on display through June 1, 2013.
"The African Elephant sculptures are another unique and fun exhibit Cleveland Hopkins and the Zoo have teamed up to present to our travelling and visiting public," said Airport Director Ricky Smith.
The African Elephant sculptures measure 49" ear to ear, 48" high and 58" long – much smaller than Willy, the Zoo's male elephant, who measures 11 feet tall at the shoulder and weighs in at more than six tons! The elephant molds were custom designed by Icon Poly in Gibbon, Nebraska.
Each individual sculpture was painted by local art students or artists commissioned by the individual sponsors. The five sculptures on exhibit at CLE were made possible by the following companies: AMCLO (painted by students and instructors at the Cleveland Museum of Art), Legacy Village, Crocker Park, Marc's and Fifth Third Bank (painted by students at St. Martin De Porres High School).
"The Zoo is pleased to have its most colorful ambassadors taking up residence at Cleveland Hopkins Airport," said Zoo Marketing Manager Sue Allen. "Elephants are magnificent creatures that have the capacity to connect with people in a way few other animals do, even when they're made of fiberglass! We hope they put a smile on every traveler who passes by."