ELATION will be in the form of playground equipment with a trunk spiraling slide that empties into a mound, with a hole. The watercolor and ink drawing is the inspiration for the wooden playground equipment -like sculpture. The hole will not be under the ground, but the slide will deposit individuals into a concave structure underneath.
ELATION will be made of wood, not metal, but painted bright colors in some areas such as the ears and trunk, with some purple dots. I want a certain harmony and aesthetic, so it will not be a clunky-looking pachyderm. I want the spiral to be an integral part of the sculpture and the fact that it is a playground-type equipment, secondary. The natural wood will be visible and in harmony with its surroundings, yet some outlining and bright colors will show it is the form of an elephant.
The slide (the trunk of the elephant) will spill into a hole above ground, a mound, similar to a piece of clay when thrown on a wheel to make a indent that becomes a hole...and yet only one person may go in this narrow hole at a time. I haven't figured out the exit from the hole. Will there be an open space from the womb-like pillowy and soft hollow? Will the person have to crawl back out from the trunk? Will there be a choice? Anyway...only socks may be worn to slide into the hollow or it would get very dirty and unsanitary.
Please feel free to comment on these ideas.