Akbar's Elephant to Fox Tower, part one

In February, Akbar's Elephant, a significant outdoor sculpture created in 2000, moved to its new home in the lobby of the Fox Tower, Portland, Oregon. The event was monumental as befits an elephant, requiring disassembly of the piece for transport and installation and reassembly inside the lobby.

Below are some images from the day Akbar left Leland Iron Works.

The crew starting the task of disassembling Akbar's Elephant from the site it occupied since 2000. Notice the lake of brown water under the sculpture. Oregon received more than twice the amount of rainfall that normally falls in February, and most of it came down that day.

The crew starting the task of disassembling Akbar's Elephant from the site it occupied since 2000. Notice the lake of brown water under the sculpture. Oregon received more than twice the amount of rainfall that normally falls in February, and most of it came down that day.

And now it begins: the crew starts the process of cutting the sculpture apart.

And now it begins: the crew starts the process of cutting the sculpture apart.

Check out Akbar's Elephant to Fox Tower, part two for a statement about the origins of the sculpture and its place in Lee Kelly's career.

Part three shows Akbar's Elephant in the Fox Tower lobby.