Recycled art in a big way: an elephant is coming to Bozeman

Nomkhubulwane (Nomkoo for short), 9-foot high elephant made from recycled tires by South African sculptor and activist Andries Botha, will be in Bozeman August 4 – September 15. The sculpture will be on display in front of the Bozeman Public Library. The goal of the visit—Bozeman is one of only six cities in North America on the itinerary—is to facilitate and catalyze conversations relating to the environment and sustainable living. For a schedule of events and other information, check the Nomkoo in Bozeman website at

As a fundraiser for the project, local artist Paula Pearl is donating the commemorative oil painting shown above, which is for sale by auction. See the Nomkoo website for the schedule of venues where the painting will be on display.

Update: Chalk on the Walk. On Tuesday, August 3, from 10:30 – 12:30, you’re invited to decorate the sidewalks around the plaza in front of the Bozeman Public Library with your own creative welcoming message to Nomkoo for her arrival on August 4th.  We will have a “Community Celebration”  that day, 8/4, starting at 3:00 with fun activities and her official welcoming by some “important guests” at 6.  Go to for more information.