Mid August 2013 Jean Claude Dresch submitted a photo of a tourist train in Trier. At this time around fourty elephant sculptures had been allocated throughout the City of Trier. Now, have a close look at Jean Claudes's photo. Beneath the trees at the left side you can discover the silhouette of a little elephant, but not the one I captured in the photo above. That one must be hidden by the tourist train. I took the picture on a splendid saturday afternonn late September when tousands of tourist walked around. Dozens of them welcomed the stone cubes surrounding the place for a break from sight-seeing while I waited on the edge of an equally uncomfortable metal bench nearby to make a clear shot.
The artwork for "Prince of Trumpets" was designed by Carlo Malané. Because this elephant sculpture was sponsered by a musical intruments shop the basic color is more Brass as the trumpets on its forehead than Gold. It also sports the portraits of Georg Friedrich Haendel, Johann Sebastian Bach and Miles Davis.
After cropping I had to touch up some unwanted details in the background and some more litter from the ground. That leads to the litter bin in front of the gate. In real world the uppermost part was of a bright red color. As this disturbed the picture, I reduced the saturation of this part by 50 percent to fit the scenes color range. I also re-painted the latest kind of vanalism: Two QR-coded stickers.
Ooops ... my fault
As I wrote above, I painted over some QR-codes because I thought they had been traces of vandalism. Shame over me, I am the Vandal. Carlo Malané had the idea that people could make use of their smartphones to listen some appropriate music from the pictured musicians. So it was the artist himself who adorned the elephant with QR-codes. Anyway, I am to pleased with my editing work and will leave the photo here as it is.
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