he ‘party animal’ decorated by artist Gary Fisher will be on display in Washington, D.C. through fall 2002, at the corner of 9th and F Streets downtown. The elephant, painted with colorful circles and squares, is one of 200 donkey and elephant sculptures on display as part of the ‘Party Animals’ exhibition sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. (visit the Party Animals web site)
In February, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded grants to artists from the District of Columbia and surrounding areas to decorate100 donkey and 100 elephant sculptures with imaginative designs intended to stir up the whimsical side of the nation’s capital. Fisher was among the participating artists selected from more than 2,000 artists who had submitted proposals to decorate the enduring symbols of this country’s two major political parties.
Each of these “party animals” is 4.5 feet tall and 5 feet long. The artwork is similar to the now-famous cows that lined the windy streets of Chicago a few years ago. The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities sought sponsors from corporations, law firms and educational institutions to participate in this citywide campaign. Fisher’s elephant is sponsored by MarcParc, Inc.
The Party Animals exhibition will conclude with a public “Raucous Caucus” auction in the fall, at which time each of the donkey and elephant sculptures will be sold to the highest bidder. All proceeds will go directly to the DC Arts Commission grants programs and Arts Education.
A native of Wyoming, Fisher is a Washington, D.C. artist known for his daring use of color. Many of his abstracts, as well as his fanciful fruits and garden flowers, are displayed in striking purples, yellows and blues. Fisher, who spends much of his time working on commissioned pieces, is also the curator for the Washington, D.C. art program that showcases the talents of local artists at Results the Gym on Capitol Hill.