The “Lupe” sculpture is comprised of 78 layers of bent steel pipe, stacked and welded to form a 1:1 scale adult Columbian Mammoth. The artwork was designed by Freyja Bardell and Brian Howe and is sited at the Lower Guadalupe Trial in San Jose, CA. The Artwork was commissioned by the San Jose Public Art Program and the Trail Program, in 2010.
In July 2005, a San Jose resident took a walk with his dog along the flood channel of the Guadalupe River, just north of the San Jose Airport. It was here, at the site where the sculpture stands, that the skeleton and tusks of a mammoth, were discovered, among the eroding banks of the river. The sculpture was inspired by this discovery, and serves as a reminder that these “beasts” once roamed the Santa Clara valley.
The artists chose to stack bent pipe into a topographical animal form suggestive of geological stratum that the Mammoth was buried in.
Freyja Bardell and Brian Howe of Greenmeme Studio
Design, fabrication and installation Supervision:
Greenmeme: Freyja Bardell and Brian Howe
Anonarch: Edward Henry http://www.anonarch.com/
Jennifer Easton, Director, San Jose OCA
c m peck inc architecture + engineering
Andrew Nasser Structural Engineer
Paramount Roll and Forming, Coating by Calwest Galvanizing
Yves Zsutty, Trail Manager