This small painted sculpture by David Hammons is made from a roughly pyramid-shaped piece of elephant dung perched on 3 peanut shells. It measures roughly six inches wide and deep at its base, and six inches high at its peak. The face of the dung is painted with bright multi-colored dots that surround the profile of a walking elephant with its trunk raised, which has been left unpainted at its center. Small brass sequins have been pinned in the dung in a wavering line just beyond the outer edge of the painting.
David Hammons
Untitled (dung), 1983-1985

Artwork Info

Artwork title
Untitled (dung)
Artist name
David Hammons
Date created
elephant dung, metal pins, paint, and peanuts
6 x 6 x 6 in. (15.24 x 15.24 x 15.24 cm)
Date Acquired
Collection SFMOMA
Gift of Anthony Meier in honor of Neal Benezra
© David Hammons
Permanent URL
Artwork Status
Not on view at this time.

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