Saturday, April 26, 2008

Elephant Paints Self Portrait


  1. I saw this before - in fact I looked at 4 or 5 of them. Apparently the trainer actually guides the trunk. Still it is impressive that the elephant responds to the pressure of his hand.

  2. how amazing Lynda !!!!
    I was waiting to see the elephant sign it :)
    quite a lot of control shown with the brush....and it seems that they are quite an assembly line ....I couldn't help noticing a few finished works going by....
    I wonder if this elephant will try abstract as well :) :)

  3. I was amazed when I saw this on TV. It is grand!

  4. Wow, Lynda, amazing and cute at the same time.

  5. I saw this, too, Lynda on the web somewhere else. I also saw comments that the trainers hurt the elephants in their training to get them to do this. True or not, it ruined my amazement of it all.

  6. Although this is neat, personally I'd prefer seeing an elephant safe in its natural environment. Unfortunately those days are gone. <:(

  7. My friend sent me a link to watch this video today, and I was really excited to watch it. In the process of 7 minutes, I was moved through a whole series of emotions. First I was amazed as the elephant drew a line with intention. Next the line became a body, recognizably elephant-like. When it added the 3rd and 4th legs, as in, it was adding depth to the work it was doing, I was excited, realizing it was able to create a symbolic representation of itself. But when it began the flower, I started to cry, because I realized this elephant is a conscious being, and beautiful, and the people in the back ground were clapping each time it did something interesting, it was a trick, it seemed. I felt really overwhelmed about elephants deaths at the hands of humans. I sent the video to a few close friends because I was so moved.

  8. Thanks for your comments, guys! Sorry I overlooked to reply to these. I'm getting more and more dizzy with the repleteness of the blogosphere and art sites, fascinating but overwhelming!

    Anonymous, I'm glad you enjoyed the video. Personally, I found it very inspiring and don't think the elephant would comply if it didn't "want" to. THere seems to be a lot of intentionality in his movements, and he could just charge or run if he wanted to. I think the video is just amazing, and I'm glad you share my wonder.


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