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Elephant-carrying man on show in Hong Kong

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 01:28

May 21 - A life-size sculpture of an elephant balancing on a man by French artist Fabien Merelle is unveiled in Hong Kong's financial district. Tara Cleary reports.

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It's incredibly life-like, though unrealistic … and it's turning heads in Hong Kong's financial district. "Pentateuque" is the creation of French artist, Fabien Merelle. He says the work represents the first five books of the Bible and how for some, religion and societal expectations can be a great burden. Merelle says his inspiration came when he and his girlfriend faced opposition to them marrying. He is Catholic and she is Jewish, yet both faiths share the five religious books. SOUNDBITE: Fabien Merelle, artist, saying (English): "I respect these beautiful five books, I respect that. And you know, for me, it's like a beautiful elephant. A little bit old with a lot of weight. So, this is my story. But I think everyone can imagine something because everybody has a pressure or something like that in his back and tries to continue in the life." The life-size work, made of resin and fibre glass, is part of 'French May', a month-long celebration of French culture in the former British colony. SOUNDBITE: Marcus Tam, Malaysian tourist and art collector, saying (English): "Oh, I think this is something special for Hong Kong. They've never seen something like this before." SOUNDBITE: Betty Tam, Hong Kong resident, saying (Cantonese): "I think Hong Kong really needs more things like this!" The sculpture will be displayed in Hong Kong until mid-June - providing plenty of time for photo opportunities.

Elephant-carrying man on show in Hong Kong

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 01:28

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