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"African Elephant"

By RonnieAG
Pamela {pamelajean} is the only one to have guessed elephant was being Sculptor at Work you could see the dome of it's head.
I know that Graham {digital_boi} knew the answer but he was good enough not to give the game away.
Here are 3 images of it at a later stage of it's build, and build does seem the appropriate word as it built up from many different sections.........each ear alone is made up from 3 sections.
The 4th. image is of the sculptor himself.
No nails have been used, only wooden dowels.
Sculpted in oak, the African Elephant is the work of chainsaw sculptor Robert Coia and it is the first link in a chain of 11 works that he hopes will connect Glasgow pupils to the City's parks, and to be part of the legacy of next year's Commonwealth Games.
The wood used is only from wind blown trees that came down in the Park (Pollok Country Park) in a storm 18 months ago.
The elephant has now been sited within Pollok Country Park and at some time in the future I shall show where.
If any are interested in obtaining more info about Robert Coia and his work, just Google "Jumbo Carving for Glasgow Commonwealth Games".

V 1: nearing completion.
V 2: coats of teak oil have been applied.
V 3: log in situ.
V 4: the sculptor, Robert Coia, covered in wood dust and with his pot of teak oil in hand.

Colour variations are due the images being taken over a number of days, at different times of day and under varying light conditions, and in V 2 and 3 teak oil having been applied.

My thanks to all who commented on Sculptor at Work.


Tags: Glasgow Specialist and abstract Oak African elephant Pollok country park Robert Coia Chainsaw sculptor Windblown timber

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
14 Sep 2013 4:26AM
Excellent !! I have such high regard for artists like this !

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Great set. A chainsaw in the right hands can become a precision tool.

CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
14 Sep 2013 5:18AM
What a wonderful piece of woodwork, Ronnie, a beautiful result from the very talented Robert Coia. Carol
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 6:18AM
A masterful piece of art Ronnie I wonder how on earth they moved it .
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 7:24AM
Now he is an artist!
what a magnificent task and so beautifully finished
and you Ronnie a great set showing the stages and the artist who
made this impressive statue, and finishing off with Robert
no favourite as they all tell the story
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
14 Sep 2013 7:30AM
Excellent work accomplished by the artist and the photographer, Ronnie. The was you sequenced it is great. I love these works.
User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 7:30AM
Excellent set of captures.
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
14 Sep 2013 7:45AM

Quote:Excellent !! I have such high regard for artists like this !

What a great work of art, would never have guessed it from yesterdays image...well documented set...excellent captures
14 Sep 2013 7:47AM
Excellent sculpture and super images Ronnie, V3 is my favourite,
Amazing work! We seem to have an elephant theme this week. Like the portrait in V4
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 7:55AM
A terrific series of captures, Ronnie finishing with a fine portrait of the sculptor of the marvellous elephant in V3 which has to be my favourite.

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 8:29AM
Wonderful reportage showing us several stages in this magnificent construction and topped with an excellent portrait.
NaturesHaven 6 283 6 England
14 Sep 2013 8:53AM
You wouldn't see many real Elephants in the park..............I would of thought a better sculpture would of been something that is wholly Scottish, something that defines Scotland.............but there you go who am I to decide..............GrinGrinGrinGrin
14 Sep 2013 8:56AM
Excellent work, Ronnie! Interesting reportage about creating beautiful and impressive things using simple materials as wood.
termite53 5 8 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 9:14AM
What a talent, I love v3.......excellent images Ronnie...
johnlw 11 1 10 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 9:17AM
A real artist at work Ronnie great images.
Regards John.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
14 Sep 2013 9:19AM
A great work

nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
14 Sep 2013 9:30AM
What wonderful art work, can only see the first variation but great shot.....Smile
14 Sep 2013 9:32AM
What a fabulous piece of carving Ronnie. Love the inclusion of the Log, brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

John Smile
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
14 Sep 2013 9:39AM
The end result is amazing Ronnie, I wonder what he charges for a commission! Must be thousands, excellent set from an incredible artist.


Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
14 Sep 2013 9:59AM
Superb work, the finished article in v3 is amazing.

in V 2 and 3 teak oil having been applied. ...... is this a new filter in photoshop, Ronnie GrinGrinGrin

EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 10:10AM
Great set. Was surprised,never thought is was going to be a elephant. Smile

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 10:30AM
Excellent reporterage Ronnie - great to see the development over a number of days
and to see the sculptor himself.
Hopefully I'll get to see this collection when they are completed.
V3 is a stand alone lovely image.
Nikonuser1 Plus
5 152 16 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 11:16AM
Excellent set of images Ronnie, it's a great sculpture that has been created, a very talented personSmileSmile

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
14 Sep 2013 12:23PM
Excellent work in transition Ronnie, loved your take on this. My award for the day.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
14 Sep 2013 12:59PM
What an amazing looking sculpture, a real pleasure to see the finished article and also a portrait of the master craftsman looking so sastisfied after his work has been completed
14 Sep 2013 1:39PM
Great shots, but the real star here is this amazing sculptor. What an amazing piece of work!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 1:56PM
A mammoth sculpture so very well crafted and so very well digitally documented Ronnie.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
14 Sep 2013 2:01PM
Amazing what these fellows can create. This is very beautiful and you've captured these 4 pictures showing us how it comes about..........Sandy
jdinne 15 16 England
14 Sep 2013 2:28PM
A wonderful set Ronnie documenting the skill of this great craftsman. No favourite but V3 is rather special.

saltireblue Plus
8 8.0k 33 Norway
14 Sep 2013 2:35PM
What a wonderful skill to possess, Ronnie. I always admire people like this, they have talents I really envy!

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 3:56PM
Thankyou, Ronnie, I await my prize with eagernessGrinGrin!
This series of images is absolutely fascinating, and the fact that you were able to capture the different stages of the sculpting of the elephant is rewarding, not only for you, but also for us on EPZ.
He is a very talented artist whose work deserves acclaim, so natural, so enormous, and so beautifully crafted.
When I saw the sweep of the trunk, I wasn't sure why it was done like that, then I saw the log added, and it all made sense.
I use teak oil on my wooden garden ornaments, glad I'm doing something rightTongue!
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
14 Sep 2013 4:51PM
I have to say, always did admire the skills of chainsaw sculptors and this certainly is some undertaking! Fascinating seeing the different stages.

DixClix 9 2 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 5:02PM
Excellent and very interesting! He is a very talented artist isn't he!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 5:07PM
Amazing work and very well documented Ronnie!
netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
14 Sep 2013 5:57PM
Brilliant work and a brilliant set of imagesSmile
14 Sep 2013 6:18PM
I knew it was BIG, Ronnie!
Such an interesting reportage and write up.
I do admire such well perceived creative ideas and the wonderfully executed craftsmanship which follows!

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 7:31PM
Clever work by the sculptor, needs dedication seems he enjoys what he does V3 is amazing and the size alone is something that needs patience in abundance, superbly shown Ronnie
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
15 Sep 2013 1:36AM
That's a fantastic sculpture!
15 Sep 2013 3:07AM
Such a clever artist - and a clever you for showing us this story, Ronnie. Lovely shots that work SO well together. Love V3 with the absolutely amazing finished work - its biiiig! Grin

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 7:45AM
It all looks very rough and ready in those early stages, but my goodness what an outstanding piece of sculpture in its finished state - well documented RonnieSmile
15 Sep 2013 12:09PM
Great talent these people coupled with talented photographers !!! Great story Ronnie.GrinGrinGrin

15 Sep 2013 12:11PM
yup indeed Ronnie we both have many shots of this fine Leflant being constructed fine workmanship and will bring pleasure to many it already has for you and I

He is a fine craftsman

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
15 Sep 2013 1:21PM
What an amazing piece of work Smile A great set, Ronnie Wink
Trev Smile
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
15 Sep 2013 7:15PM
A brilliant set of informative images, Ronnie, wonderful detail and colours and the exposure is spot on.
Well done my friend.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
15 Sep 2013 10:33PM
A facinating set of images Ronnie
16 Sep 2013 8:11AM
What a fabulous set Ronnie your photography skills have done this wonderful sculptor proud. SmileSmile
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
16 Sep 2013 9:12AM
Interesting and well photographed set of images Ronnie.

16 Sep 2013 12:35PM
A grand picture story Ronnie, got your tuskd into this one then.

geffers7 Plus
7 51 1 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2013 2:46PM
Fascinating stuff Ronnie.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
17 Sep 2013 3:32PM
Many thanks for sharing this Ronnie, truly remarkable skills shown here, I just hope the work is truly appreciated by everyone,
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
17 Sep 2013 4:50PM
Superb shots Ronnie. I am in awe of people who can do work like this.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2013 5:52AM
Great reportage Ronnie, very interesting!
PaulLiley 9 2 13 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2013 11:03AM
What an amazingly talented person. Nice set showing different stages of the work. Paul
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
19 Sep 2013 6:12PM
Ronnie will you share my award with this guy.A pleasure seeing it presented in this way.
Beautiful craftmanship.

22 Sep 2013 2:23PM
Ronnie, great set, how cool is v3, now there is a talent..............but dont think the Mrs will let you put it in the

xwang 9 56 8
22 Sep 2013 10:31PM
GrinGrin.. wonderful set.. great work.
24 Sep 2013 3:12PM
Very interesting ! its great to see the windfalls being used this fun way . Gill

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