This may shock you, but Elephants are BIG. That just makes them more fun to sculpt! Naturally, if I wanted to make a giant animal I needed a giant balloon. The inspiration for my Elephant came from giant balloons I climb inside during programs. They can inflate up to six feet with a leaf blower. Most of the elephant parts I made at home. There was a complete baby elephant, a large elephant head, and the complete giant elephant. The biggest logistical challenge was that a six-foot balloon won’t fit in my SUV. That meant the final steps in my sculpture had to happen on location.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to sculpt alone. Since the Elephant was large I found a secluded spot near my then-home in Atlanta, TX for photographs, and I invited three good friends to join me for the adventure. The creek we found was peaceful and perfect for our Elephant watering hole. I will never forget carrying the giant balloon elephant down the road and through the woods searching for the best possible shot. When the day was over, I temporarily deflated the giant elephant center so I could deliver the elephant to one of my students who had oral surgery the day before. When I asked if I could do anything for her, she made the mistake of jokingly telling me she wanted a giant balloon elephant. Giant balloon elephant? No problem.