It’s not real, but it’s close. 7-ton elephant statue is new addition at Bryant-Denny Stadium

Moving Tuska to Bryant-Denny Stadium

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The Alabama Board of Trustees approved the addition of a 7-ton elephant statue to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Tuska, a 19-foot tall, seven-ton bronze elephant statue, was recently given to UA by the Westervelt Company and will be installed at the southeast corner of University Boulevard and Wallace Wade Avenue in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Tuska was sculpted by English artist Terry Matthews and has been at the NorthRiver Yacht Club since September 2000.

Tuska's installation at North River Yacht Club
Tuska's installation at North River Yacht Club (Source: Terry Mathews, artist)
Tuska's installation at North River Yacht Club
Tuska's installation at North River Yacht Club (Source: Terry Mathews, artist)
Tuska's installation at North River Yacht Club
Tuska's installation at North River Yacht Club (Source: Terry Mathews, artist)

The Tuska Plaza project included new landscaping, a large pedestal for Tuska to stand on, sidewalks surrounding the statue and lighting elements for nighttime viewing.

The resolution also states: the Project would not be possible without the generous donation of Tuska by the Westervelt Company and the ongoing support from Bill and Mary Battle; and WHEREAS, the Project will be funded from the Crimson Standard Initiative fund in the amount of $415,000.

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