Elli Schlunke

MAMMUTHUS

(Tjuk-Penh)

TJuki spent half of September 2016 out and about promoting the Horizon Festival which started Sept. 2nd, in venues scattered over the Sunshine Coast.  He's a woolly mammoth built at about 60% life size. He was finished late August 2015. I began the concept planning the previous October, the welding in February, and managed to do bugger-all else till August. The full name of woolly mammoths is Mammuthus Primigenius, but he's nick-named Tjuk-penh, as there's almost an entire chook pen scrunched up inside him. He won a special award for innovative use of materials, at "Sculpture on the Edge" (ArtsconnectInc.) at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny, where he also won the People's Choice Award. One young voter said "He makes me happy." I like that kid.

woolly mammoth for sale
woolly mammoth for sale

Tjuki with a new tusk after being "ridden" for a laugh at a wedding.

TJUKI at Horizon Festival's Media Launch
TJUKI at Horizon Festival's Media Launch

On his new "Tundra Patch" being a celebrity at Caloundra Regional Gallery

steel frame in progress
steel frame in progress

Taken before tusks added but already looks like a mammoth to me

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inner skin.jpg

First layer of mesh enclosing hollow innards

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mammuthus with muscles and ears.jpg

Form built out with scrunched recycled chook wire, hence his pet name Tjuk-penh

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woolly mammoth bald.jpg

Tediously applied shade-cloth layer to disguise armature etc.

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still bald but meshed ready.jpg

Cage mesh for latching onto

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furry beginnings.jpg

A flank covered in fur. Made me realise I needed lots more power cords to strip out. Still a long way to go.

Mammuthus at Spicers Tamarind
Mammuthus at Spicers Tamarind

He is nearly 2 metres tall and weighs in at under 200 kg.

Tjuki looking holy
Tjuki looking holy

Not always mischievous. He needs a good home. He is currently a bit lonely in my shed.