Large Pink Elephant Sculpture in DUMBO Looking for Home

By Janet Upadhye on March 12, 2014 12:10pm 

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 The sculpture was created by Hector Orellana and has lived under the Manhattan Bridge since last summer.
Large Pink Elephant in DUMBO
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DUMBO — This could be the elephant in your room.

A wooden pink elephant sculpture that's been brightening the space beneath the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO is free and available for anyone willing to give it a good home, according to an ad on Craigslist posted Monday by the neighborhood's business improvement district.

The 13.5-foot-long by 6.5-foot-tall elephant, which is secured to a platform on the ground at Pearl and Water Streets, was featured in last summer's FIGMENT Festival on Governors Island and was later given to the BID by its creator, artist Hector Orellana.

"We had a lot of fun with this lovely sculpture," said BID director, Alexandria Sica. "He served as the backdrop to our food festivals and art events and was decorated for the holidays."

But Sica said it's time for spring cleaning and the sculpture is free for anyone who can haul it away.

The elephant is made of pieces of wood bound together by screws. Sica couldn't say how much the sculpture weighs, but warned that it's very heavy.

"If you can get this wooden sculpture yourself, it's free to keep! Removal will require a pallet jack or similar equipment," the listing warns.

The BID hinted that if the elephant doesn't find a willing taker, it may be destroyed.

"It'd be sad to see our pink friend go out a different way," the ad says.

No one came forward to request the elephant by Wednesday morning, but there was a lot of interest in it, Sica said.

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