Barry Flanagan was a British sculptor who during his career studied architecture, sculpture, painting, print-making, installation work, and dance. Reacting against the growing popularity of abstraction during his school years, Flanagan frequently used animals as subject matter and was often inspired by the organic materials he used, such as clay. This inspiration is evident in the textures that he utilized here.
Barry Flanagan. Elephant, 1986. Bronze, 76 x 55 x 41 inches. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Barry Flanagan.