Updated: Dec 31, 2019
This is the first of a larger self portrait series where I embody different zoo animals and transform my studio into a small paddock. Exploring my fantasy of there being animals on the moon and their inevitable capture and display by and for humans. I imagine the animals turning blue when they leave their natural habitat and have to cope with a constant watchful gaze.
Age- 60-70 earth years
Height- 2.3-3.3 m
Weight- 5000-6000kg, although the animals feel much heavier because of the more intense gravitational pull. Due to this reason the animals tend to be lethargic and depressed in their first month or so after travelling and sleep or lay down much of the time.
Colour- in their natural habitat the elephants blend in with the moon landscape. Like all moon animals, when taken away from their natural habitat the elephants skin turns a brilliant shade of blue.
Diet- Moon elephants have very complex digestive systems that can break down foods that are not edible to earth elephants such as moon cheese and various types of moon rock. Although this is their preferred diet, they’ll never say no to a scrumptious peanut.
Habitat- the elephants live in familial units and wander around their 11,000 square km territory. The family of elephants sleep in depressions spanning up to 500m wide called lunar lava tubes. This is to hide from potential predators towards their young as there is no night cover
Social behaviour- moon elephants live in large families between 15 and 30 members. They spend much of their time grazing for food as well as grooming each other from the infestation of moon lice.
Interesting facts- Their skin is incredibly tough as it needs to withstand the extremely sharp particles on the moon. Earth particles are constantly being worn down by the weather and atmosphere. The moon has no such weather and therefor every particle is razor sharp.