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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

This Just In, Too…

posted by on April 1 at 13:24 PM

An elephant paints a picture! Of an elephant! Holding a flower in its trunk!

Somebody contain me. I am apt to explode with amazement.

Oh, and this is sort of real, as far as I know. I don’t do “April Fools”. And I have no idea how old it is, so if you’ve seen it before, hooray for you!

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"Its" trunk, not "it's" trunk.

Posted by apostrophes | April 1, 2008 1:38 PM

It's the pachydermal reincarnation of Henri Matisse!

Posted by Justin | April 1, 2008 1:40 PM

I saw the thumbnail on the google video homepage yesterday, so it can't have been released today. this was the first time i've watched it, and wow.

Posted by mk | April 1, 2008 1:45 PM

how long do you think they took to train it to do that?

Posted by Bellevue Ave | April 1, 2008 1:51 PM

My question is: Did it use organic paints? Or were they lead-based?

Posted by Will in Seattle | April 1, 2008 2:02 PM

Umm, the "clever" use of camera angle and zoom sort of indicates the faux nature of this stunt.

Posted by Bob Ross's Rotted Corpse | April 1, 2008 2:06 PM

Elephants can recognize themselves in mirrors too. Slow != dumb.

Posted by Chris | April 1, 2008 2:07 PM
Posted by Chris | April 1, 2008 2:11 PM

now I've seen everything.

Posted by duncan | April 1, 2008 2:16 PM

That's an ugly-ass elephant.

I've seen some other paintings by elephants (maybe this same one), though, and it's really neat.

Posted by Mr Fuzzy | April 1, 2008 2:17 PM

Please have Mr. Mudede review this painting.

And here is more info:

Posted by eclexia | April 1, 2008 2:37 PM

I click on Adrian's name and it takes me to a page called "Articles by Adrian Ryan". I'm confused though: nothing linked to from that page looks like an article.

Can someone help me here? Has Adrian ever written anything real? Or anything not referring to some internet video that made the rounds two years ago?

Thanks for your time.

P.S. Mudede reviewing this would at least add something to the noise on the internet; I'd read it. I might even like it.

Nevermind that, as mentioned, the camera angles make this highly suspect (though I don't think it's out of the question for an elephant).

Posted by Jason Petersen | April 1, 2008 2:43 PM

I've seen the paintings on an world indigenous crafts website from which I bought a mask. It was a couple years ago, so I can't remember the site's name.

Posted by Andrew | April 1, 2008 3:19 PM

At moment 2:11 it's tough for me to see how this could NOT be an elephant doing something with its trunk. Too bad the internet age has made us all skeptics.

I think it's real.

Posted by STJA | April 1, 2008 3:21 PM

dear number 12:
close your mouth, darling. your stupid is showing.

Posted by adrian | April 1, 2008 3:25 PM

Unfortunately the elephant was trying to paint a picture of an alligator...

Posted by Schweighsr | April 1, 2008 4:08 PM

Everyone can now enjoy art, it's cheap and made by an elephant possessed by Satan.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | April 1, 2008 4:55 PM

It's quite beautiful, but I think the elephant must have been carefully trained to make this one single recognizable image. All the other elephant art looks pretty similar to gorilla art - lots of abstract wiggles and lines and colors - and is probably what they would do before you trained them. Of course, elephants have to be ridiculously intelligent to learn how to paint like that, so, yeah. This is really cool.

Posted by meatwhichdreams | April 1, 2008 5:47 PM

What's really amazing is that the next thing the elephant painted was a written statement: (sloggers, fill in the blank)


Posted by todd | April 1, 2008 8:26 PM

From the website's bio page on Hong (the artist):
"Just for clarification, with these realistic figural works, the elephant is still the only one making the marks on the paper but the paintings are learned series of brushstrokes not Hong painting a still life on her own."

Posted by bemaha | April 1, 2008 9:18 PM

The fact that they can learn things like that is cool nonetheless.

Posted by The CHZA | April 1, 2008 9:25 PM


All your base are belong to us.....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 1, 2008 9:40 PM

Isn't there a gallery in Pioneer Square that sells paintings done by an elephant? or was it a primate? This is so several years ago.

Posted by JME | April 1, 2008 11:19 PM

That's not an elephant painting. That's the Cloverfield monster.

Posted by Gabe | April 2, 2008 11:51 AM

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