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BIG METAL BEASTS
Monumental Sculpture



Gigantopithecus
(1987)
Kevin M. Andersen, sculptor
Permanent installation outdoor sculpture Hartwick College, Oneonta N.Y. 
welded steel, cast bronze




I'm honored to have this BIG METAL BEAST installed on the campus of Hartwick College where I know an endless number of people can experience it. Hartwick College is a small Liberal Arts College in Oneonta, New York with a student population of about 1,500 students.

Gigantopithecus was a rival of Homo Erectus and lived during the Pleistocene Epoch, 1.8 million to 100,000 years ago. The body and teeth of Gigantopithecus resembled a gorilla but it stood nine feet tall and weighed 600 lbs.

Gigantopithecus became extinct around 300,000 years ago, but Chinese scientists believe that some form of the beast exists as the so-called Yeti, or Abominable Snowman. 

Others believe another form of Gigantopithecus exists in the Northwest United States and is called Bigfoot. It is theorized that the predecessor of man (homo erectus) preyed on Gigantopithecus.



The sculpture is intended to show the physical relationship of humans to the larger primate by encouraging people to get close and experience what it might have been like to come face-to-face with Gigantopithecus.

"A confrontation with this big beast will certainly humble any human."

Gigantopithecus: Wide Shot


The critical moment of pouring molten bronze into the face mold in April, 1987. Mold technique was the lost wax process.

Foundry pictured is located at Hartwick College, Oneonta, N. Y.

The pouring of molten bronze

Want to know more about this sculpture?
Visit the GIGANTOPITHECUS FACTS PAGE


 


Related Gigantopithecus Web Sites:

Gigantopithecus at the San Diego Museum of Man

Primates (prehistoric) -- Tim Roufs -- University of Minnesota Duluth

Gigantopithecus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gigantopithecus blacki

The Ape that Was


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