TEMBO (Swahili for elephant)


According to Dr. Seuss,  An elephant is faithful 100 percent.

Elephants are known for their intelligence, memory, and emotional displays. Love, joy, grief, rage, compassion, and even altruism are within their repertoire. A matriarch leads the herds of females and young males and they all raise and protect the calves. They ‘talk’ to each other by touch, taste, trumpets, rumbles, and grunts.  Their inch thick skins are surprisingly sensitive. Amazingly they communicate up to 110 square miles with low frequency subsonic sounds too low for us to hear. I guess it should come as no surprise that a society led by females, displays legendary communication skills.

I kind of got attached to Tembo as he emerged from my drawing board and then scrap metal collection. The mighty bodies, huge ears, gleaming tusks, and ‘stone column’ legs are so endearing and unique.  As I studied their anatomy I found their femurs and humerus leg bones are much more vertical than other quadrupeds.  Maybe that contributes to their unique gait as well.  What marvelous animals they are, indeed!

Perhaps Dr. Seuss came closest with the ‘faithful’ description. Trustworthy, loyal, reliable, steadfast, and true. Maybe we would be more like that if we paid more attention to the One who made the elephants and us. O Lord God Almighty! Where is there anyone as mighty as you, Lord ? Faithfulness is your very character. Psalms 89:8

 

 

 

 

INVENTORY of  “TEMBO”  (steel elephant)

Picks
Cast iron stove leg
Scoop shovels
Flexible exhaust
Oil can spout
Cable clamp
Cable
Universal joints
Pipe wrenches
End wrenches
Pintle hook
Conveyor chain
Gears
Horse shoe
Cultivating disks
Ball bearings
Wagon wheel plate
Brake lever
Motorcycle exhaust guard
Sprinkler
Golf clubs
Plows
Spoons
Pony harness hames
Exhaust fan


Tusks
Forehead
Ears
Trunk
Trunk
Trunk
Tail
Knees
Ulna
Radius
Head & mouth
Spine
Spine
Pelvis 
Base
Eyes
Lower hind legs
Right flank
Left flank
Heart
Chest
Scapula & crotch
Toes
Sides
Entrails

 

Fabricated one of a kind

32" H x 42" L

San Diego, California


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