My 6-year-old daughterelephant could have painted that!
September 21, 2006 1:30 PM   Subscribe

Artists in the Animal Kingdom. A gallery including, most notably, work by Ruby the Elephant, 1973-1998.
posted by hermitosis (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Wikipedia: "Ruby was euthanized immediately, November 6, 1998, at the age of twenty-five. Her death triggered an outpouring of grief throughout the Phoenix area. When the Phoenix Zoo announced a free-admission day in Ruby's memory, 43,000 people attended."

I was living in Phoenix when this happened and it was a big deal: candle-light vigils and the whole nine yards. I once saw one of her paintings from a day that the paramedics and firemen had been helping someone near her enclosure: frantic red and yellow swirls.

And daughter was daughter on preview :(
posted by hermitosis at 1:31 PM on September 21, 2006

No Koko?
posted by Flashman at 1:45 PM on September 21, 2006

I love the titles given to these works.

This reminds me of this book.
posted by piratebowling at 1:46 PM on September 21, 2006

Koko. Sure, but anyone can paint if they've got hands. Let's see how Koko does with just her nostrils!
posted by hermitosis at 1:53 PM on September 21, 2006

I'm in ur animalz, painting all ur linez.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:53 PM on September 21, 2006

posted by Espy Gillespie at 2:58 PM on September 21, 2006

Good call, Gillespie! I love Bip's pretentious mustache.
posted by Iridic at 3:11 PM on September 21, 2006

If we can use the generic definition of art, (including music and dance etc.) I always like to give props to the Thai Elephant Orchestra. You can argue about Wagner or Glass or Cage or the Sex Pistols...but you can't tell me this shit ain't cool!
posted by kozad at 4:52 PM on September 21, 2006

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