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Gran Elefandret by Miquel Barcelo at Union Square.

The Gran Elefandret at Union Square East.

An elephant has adorned Union Square since last fall and will continue to do so until May 29, 2012. The 26-foot-tall bronze sculpture by Miquel Barceló weighs an elephantine five tons. NYC’s Art in the Parks describes the delicate balance of Gran Elefrandet thusly,”Barceló imparts the mass and weight of the creature through the downward sag of the heavily wrinkled skin, the off-kilter positioning of the huge legs, and the complete overturning of the floppy ears.”