Cast, Torch-worked and Fused Glass
21in x 16in x 14in
The Javan elephant is a breed of pygmy elephant that was driven to extinction by mankind on the island of Java. It is hypothesized that the Borneo elephant is actually a descendant of the extinct Javanese, rediscovered centuries later, but its numbers are in the double digits and dwindling. Saved by happenstance, these unique baby-faced elephants could disappear again. This piece represents the descendant Borneo elephant, carrying a Ficus Benjamina aka Java Fig tree upon its back as a promise from the people of Java, asking forgiveness and that the elephants to return to Java. Though extinct on Java, the Java Fig symbolizes the land they once tread, and functions as a spirit house for them to live off of and “within”. Elephants are known for their memory and intelligence, including attributes of grief and compassion. This piece is about the agreement between man and animal that could save a species from extinction.