Elephant-Carrying Man On Show In Hong Kong (Video)

by
Sameera Ehteram
A life-size sculpture of an elephant balancing on a man by French artist Fabien Merelleis unveiled in Hong Kong's financial district.

A life-size sculpture of an elephant balancing on a man by French artist Fabien Merelleis unveiled in Hong Kong's financial district.

This incredibly life-like work of art called "Pentateuque" has a phenomenal story behind it as well.

Fabien Merelle 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.

"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," he says.

The life-size work, made of resin and fiber glass, is part of 'French May', a month-long celebration of French culture in the former British colony and will be displayed in Hong Kong until mid-June 2013.

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