Save Petal The Elephant Sculpture

$2,175 of $3,800 goal

Raised by 51 people in 3 months
Created November 17, 2018
Save the Elephant and Boy Sculpture (“The Water Hole”)

Anyone who shopped or hung out at the Burlington Center Mall, in Burlington, NJ, over the past 36 years, may fondly remember "The Water Hole" – the life-sized Elephant and Boy fountain sculpture. In fact, it has many fans, which hopefully includes you! This award winning sculpture has been referred to as the best sculpture in a US mall.

The Elephant and Boy Need a New Home!

Over the three-and-a-half decades that The Water Hole delighted shoppers, coins tossed into its fountain raised close to $1 million for children’s charities. With the Burlington Center Mall’s closing earlier this year, the Elephant and Boy have been locked away unseen by the public and with an unknown future. The eminent demolition of the Burlington Center Mall to make way for new modern retail space means the elephant and boy need a new home, or they may be lost to the wrecking ball.

Help Us Move the Elephant and Boy

Thanks to the efforts of the sculpture's creator, Zenos Frudakis, the current mall owners have generously offered to DONATE "The Water Hole" (and its fountain display if desired) to a non-profit organization FOR FREE! Frudakis Studio, Inc. is conducting this GoFundMe because while the sculpture is free, the logistics to move it to a new home will not be.

This fund is meant as a stopgap to at least remove the sculpture to safe storage until an organization becomes the Water Hole’s new home. Frudakis is already engaged in productive discussions with regional zoos and other prominent and appropriate regional non-profits. But these organizations will need time for board and fund approval to underwrite the elephant sculpture's move and choose and prepare a new site for installation. Our legitimate fear is that an agreement may not be reached before the mall demolition begins.

How will the funds be used?
The funds will be used to
·         Hire potential movers/shippers to review the sculpture’s installation and how it can be moved without damage;

·        Obtain a freight estimate for the labor and equipment (cranes, dollies, flatbed truck etc.) necessary to disengage and remove                the sculpture from the mall, onto a flatbed;

·        Transport to a new home or a storage location;

·         Pay storage fees for a few months until a new owner will be ready to accept and install the sculpture at a new location.

How much will it cost to move the Elephant and Boy?
The fact is, we don't know yet. The funding goal is our best estimate based on 40 years of installing monumental sculpture.

How large is the Elephant and Boy?

The life-sized sculpture weighs approximately one ton and its dimensions are 11ft. H x 12Ft. L x 8ft. W. She has a steel frame with fiberglass construction.

Is this a portrait of a real elephant and boy?

The elephant sculpture was primarily modeled after “Petal”, a beloved African elephant at the Philadelphia Zoo. Zenos was given private access to Petal and he spent time with her studying her movement and skin texture. Petal lived at the Philadelphia Zoo for 50 of her 52 years, and passed away there of old age on June 9, 2008.
Zenos also used the skeletal measurements of  P.T. Barnhum's Jumbo The Elephant provided by the Museum Of Natural History in New York.  Being a figurative sculptor Zenos was able to create an idealized joyous 10 year old boy based on his experience and knowledge of human anatomy.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Frudakis Studio, Inc. is not non-profit, and your donations will not be tax deductible. However, once an agreement is reached with a new non-profit owner of the Elephant and Boy sculpture, we will gladly relinquish this campaign and any unused funds to that organization. But for now, any donations will simply be your tribute to the Elephant and Boy and towards helping rescue it before it may be destroyed.


Won't you please give what you can to help ensure the Elephant and Boy find a new home and can be enjoyed for many years to come?
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Hey Petal Fans ! In case you didn't catch it Fox29 did a nice follow up piece to Petal's move last Friday. If you would like to see her safe and sound check it out http://www.fox29.com/news/local-news/landmark-elephant-sculptor-once-feared-ruined-given-new-life. Thanks to Fox29 reporter Kelly Rule!
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Not the best weather for a flatbed ride, but Petal was in expert hands and arrived safely to her temporary shelter! Soon her restoration will begin. Thanks again to Jesse and Jason and all the guys from Heritage Industrial Services (pictured below) for moving Petal out of the mall.
Another big Thank You to Hainesport Enterprises https://www.hei-nj.com/ and Keith Smith who donated the huge flatbed truck to transport Petal. Both company teams worked in 16 degree snowy weather to get the job done, and done with excellence!
What a tremendous community effort from so many caring and generous people and businesses! Burlington and South Jersey should be proud!
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Happy February Petal Fans! Here is the HUGE update that you have all been waiting for! As of this morning the Petal sculpture has been removed from her fountain display and is being moved out of the mall!!!! The sculpture now belongs to Arts Guild New Jersey http://www.artsguildnj.org/ a non-profit organization located in the arts district of the city of Burlington. A big thank you to Derrick Owings who spearheaded their efforts to adopt Petal (You can see his first out reach in the comments section) . Also a huge thank you to the Rotary of Burlington New Jersey https://portal.clubrunner.ca/10543 and Tom Scattergood President Elect without who's volunteering this move would not have been possible. Their volunteers spent many hours preparing a path through the mall to make way for the technically challenging move. Which was conducted by the wonderful Heritage Industrial Services https://heritageindustrialservices.com/ who stepped in and donated much of their services to the move. We especially appreciate their flexibility as the logistics played out.
Of course this special day would not have come about if not for the great generosity of the current Burlington Mall owners Steve and Natalie Maksin of Moonbeam Capital. Their commitment to keeping Petal in the Burlington community, as well as time and efforts to navigate the unique process are rare and commendable indeed.
Let's not forget Petal's sculptor Zenos Frudakis. As with all the magnificent public sculptures he has created Zenos keeps an eye on all of them, and was the first to sound the alarm that Petal was in jeopardy. He has spent countless hours traveling back and forth from his home in Pennsylvania to the mall and back, meeting with press, and helping people everywhere to understand the importance of saving Petal. His efforts were nothing short of what one would expect of a loving father helping his child.
Finally, Its important for everyone to know that this entire project was initiated and managed by Rosalie Frudakis, President of Frudakis Studio http://www.zenosfrudakis.com/ . Without her literally tireless efforts over the past YEAR Petal would have ended up rubble. Since this campaign went up last November the project to save Petal has been her full time job. She is a shining example of genuine and selfless commitment to art and saving our heritage. The world is a better place today because of Rosalie.
Thank you once again to everyone who donated for your caring and generosity. And stay tuned here and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ZenosFrudakis2019/for further updates on Petal as the journey to her next home begins!
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Dear Petal Fans,
We have been holding off on an update pending some good news that has been in the works for weeks that would give Petal a great new home. As usual the hold up has been making lawyers happy with the details of the transfer of such a large and valuable asset. Unfortunately the press has let the cat out of the bag, so there is no reason why you loyal and generous supporters shouldn't learn where things stand within what has already been made public. First, Burlington Center Mall is going to be sold with the closing in less than 10 days. That is the window in which Petal has to be removed. Second, the disposition of the pending new owners regarding Petal is unknown. Third, Arts Guild New Jersey, a non-profit,are the intended new owners. Once the transfer documents are signed, they are currently the intended recipients of your donations. They are being helped by the Rotary of Burlington. Because of the short timeline they must fund the move of Petal which has been quoted at $3,800 . We are almost a third of the way there! We can make this goal with your help! Please share the story far and wide. We will ask the same of our friends in the media. Together we can do this! Thank you!
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