Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao

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Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao
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The sculpture in 2006
Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao is located in Portland, Oregon
Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao
Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao
Location in Portland, Oregon
Artist Unknown
Year 2002 (2002)
Type Sculpture
Medium Bronze
Subject Two elephants
Dimensions 3.4 m × 2.0 m × 4.3 m (135 in × 77 in × 168 in)
Location Portland, Oregon, United States
Coordinates 45°31′24″N 122°40′44″W / 45.523376°N 122.678775°W / 45.523376; -122.678775Coordinates: 45°31′24″N 122°40′44″W / 45.523376°N 122.678775°W / 45.523376; -122.678775
Owner City of Portland and Multnomah County Public Art Collection courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council

Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao ("Universal Peace and Baby Elephant" in English), is an outdoor 2002 bronze sculpture, located at the North Park Blocks in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States.[1] The sculptor is unknown.[2] It is part of the City of Portland and Multnomah County Public Art Collection courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

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The bronze sculpture, installed in 2002 at the intersection of Northwest Park Avenue and West Burnside Street in the North Park Blocks, was fabricated by the Five Rings Bronze Foundry in Xi'an, China.[3] It measures 135 inches (3.4 m) x 77 inches (2.0 m) x 168 inches (4.3 m) and depicts a young, smaller elephant on top of an adult, larger elephant.[4] The work's name has two parts: "Da Tung", which can be translated as "universal peace" or "large bronze", and "Xi'an Bao Bao", which means "baby elephant".[1]

The replica, donated by Huo Baozhu,[4] was inspired by a wine pitcher from the late Shang dynasty (circa 1200–1100 BC) and is approximately sixteen times larger than the original.[1] The elephants are similar in appearance and have their trunks raised. Their surfaces are decorated with small cloud-shaped patterns and animals from ancient Chinese mythology.[1][2]

The young elephant stands "peacefully on his father's back", symbolizing "safe and prosperous offspring".[1][5] The Regional Arts & Culture Council, which administers the sculpture, described it as: "Playful. Blends into the environment with nods to the diversity in generations, activities and cultures."[3] The piece is part of the City of Portland and Multnomah County Public Art Collection courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao (Universal Peace and Baby Elephant)". Public Art Archive. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Check out public art this summer: What are YOUR five favorites?". Regional Arts & Culture Council. May 30, 2014. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao (Universal Peace and Baby Elephant)". Regional Arts & Culture Council. Retrieved September 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Da Tung and Xi'an Bao Bao (Universal Peace and Baby Elephant), 2002". cultureNOW. Retrieved September 24, 2014. 

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