The night I finished this piece, I packed it in a shipping box that I had built specifically to hold only it so none of the fine detail would be damaged. However, before packing it I tried an experiment. First of all I placed the tusk on its stand on a table about 5 feet from a wall and also turned out the lights. Then I lit a candle and held it so the shadow of the sculpture was cast against the wall, resulting in a much larger shadow than sculpture.
Moving the candle back and forth yeilded an uncanny effect. As a result the shadows of the three dimensional animals moved relative to themselves and to each other. Consequently they distinctly appeared to be vigorously alive and, for all the world, stampeding. We are little removed from those people who created the many breathtakingly beautiful cave paintings. What did they and their peoples experience inside those caves gazing at those paintings? Finally, what I experienced that night was nothing less than a paleolithic self-initiation. Believe it or not, I don’t care. I know what happened in those caves because it happened in my own.