Elephant statues downtown moved to Kowal’s building

Snowflake, the albino Asian elephant, and her gray mate, Surus, who have been living in downtown Sarasota in Burns Square since last November, moved this past weekend to a quieter location.

“We discovered that Snowflake is pregnant,” stated Denise Kowal, Sarasota Chalk Festival founder and chair who has accommodated the pair on her property outside of her historic building in  Burns Square for the last several months. The comment made her smile.  The two elephants were part of the 2012 festival that celebrated the theme ‘Circus City, USA.’

It took Chalk Festival artist Kumpa Tawornprom, more than four months to carve the pair so they could grace the entrance to the ten-day street painting festival that also included noteworthy talent such as daredevil Nik Wallenda and 3-D pavement artist innovator Kurt Wenner.

If all goes without complications, the two elephants and their newborn will be present at the Children’s Chalk Block portion of the festival this November 16-17. This year that portion of the festival will be located at Selby Five Points in the heart of downtown above Main Street, due to the expansion of the festival that will extend its range along Pineapple Avenue this year.

When asked if there will be any new surprises during the 2013 Chalk Festival, Kowal said, “Of course!”

Sarasota Chalk Festival ‘Legacy of Valor’ will run from November 13 – 18, 2013 in downtown Sarasota honoring Veterans, inspiring patriotism, and embracing freedom. The festival is accessible and free for all to participate and attend. It is produced by the entirely volunteer 501c3 nonprofit cultural arts organization, Avenida de Colores, Inc.  For more information please visit ChalkFestival.org.


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1 Response for “Elephant statues downtown moved to Kowal’s building”

  1. HR says:

    Good, love Snowflake and Surus and look forward to seeing the new member of the family. Have been making visits with my grandchildren to see the happy pair every time we go to Sarasota ever since our daily visits during the last festival. What a wonderful community asset.

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