The iconic Elephant Ivory Sculpture

Artists admiring their sculpture
Artists admiring their sculpture

Staff Writer THALEFANG CHARLES stands before the newly unveiled Elephant Ivory Sculpture at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone and chats with four of its seven sculptors

Standing in the middle of a large circular weaved basket with traditionally-inspired decoration on the ground floor of Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is the world’s first elephant sculpture made out of pure ivory.

On closer inspection this iconic sculpture positioned between Departures and Arrivals gates facing the main entrance is actually in a movement; a female elephant walking on painful looking brown boulders of hard rocks punctuated with dry grass.

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