Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mo Shows His Metal

Photo by Kristin Angel @2011 The Eric Carle Museum
Mo Willems, the beloved creator of the Knuffle Bunny books, scales his art to new heights -- 5 feet to be exact -- with "The Red Elephant."

The 1,500-pound sculpture, designed by Willems and sculpted by artisan Sam Ostroff, was installed this Saturday at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts.

"I began my career making small wire sculptures which somehow led to a life as a children's book maker," Willems said. "So the opportunity of combining my passions and placing a large sculpture at a picture book museum is too awesome to pass up."

Willems is also the author and illustrator of the Elephant and Piggie readers, and the acclaimed picture books Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and Leonardo the Terrible Monster.

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