Elephant under a Tower
A public sculpture by Andrew Burton which was originally on the Gateshead Garden Festival site in 1990 and ever since has been hidden away on a business park in Newcastle upon Tyne
Key Stage:KS3 Art
Overview:This lesson plan can be used to start a sculpture project. It helps develop ideas and understanding of processes and materials. It can also be used as part of study of any artist using casting as part of their process.
BackgroundElephant under a Tower by Andrew Burton was originally commissioned for the 1990 Gateshead Garden Festival site with two other sculptures by the artist. On the Garden festival site it was called Elephant under a Moroccan Edifice but the name was altered when re-sited at Newcastle Business Park. The sculpture is made in bronze.
Classroom Activity - Part 1Give your group this link or click on the image and get them to study the 3D version of the sculpture and try and work out what tools and materials the artist used to make this sculpture by going in close and examining the surface of the sculpture.
Sketchfab 3d model
A clue...it might have been made in one material first and then transformed into another.
Classroom Activity - continuedNow show them this page in the Gateshead Garden Festival brochure Festival Landmarks that tell us more about the Andrew Burton sculptures and include a quote from Andrew about his technique.