Here, the elephant calf is running boldly and confidently, its trunk aloft. Hamish knows this stance well, having seen the orphan elephant calves at Reteti elephant sanctuary in Northern Kenya, racing towards their keepers at feeding time! Nearby at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the younger elephants are also relaxed. Perhaps they somehow know that in both these conservation havens, they are safe from human-wildlife conflict within the security boundaries.
In this sculpture, Hamish also wanted to show the heavy folds of skin moving under the weight of a running elephant, with his customary attention to anatomical detail. Elephants are surprisingly agile and silent movers for an animal of their size.
Hamish will quite often sculpt several of the same subject at the same time. It is a very dynamic and efficient way of sculpting, as he really gets his subject in his head. Each of these elephant calf sculptures has a powerful emotional impact and when placed together, they make a compelling scene.