The „Weeping Elephant“

Neuer Wall is going wild.


The “Weeping Elephant” is welcoming spring at the Bürgermeister-Petersen square. The statue was designed by the Dutch artist Jantien Mook and can be seen at the square from the 27th of March till the 6th of Mai.


The Elefant is five meter high and made out of wood and steel. It belongs to the art series “Ode to the wilderness” which travels around Europe. The artist´s statues carry the claim to better observe nature in urban areas. Her work invites us to perceive our environment in different ways and to address issues of sustainability in our society. 


Since yesterday Hamburg is the elephant’s new home. After traveling through Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels and Ghent the elephant can now be admired at the Bürgermeister-Petersen square.


Environmental concerns are also addressed through our new planting and gardening concepts for spring and summer. From this week onwards plants tulips and narcissus will color the square. Insect-friendly plants will be planted at Neuer Wall this summer, creating a happy place for animals and humans.


The BID Neuer Wall and the artist Jantien Mook are more than pleased to present “the Weeping Elephant” at Neuer Wall. We hope that we can bring the wilderness to the city and raise awareness about sustainability issues. 

Get your first impressions of the elephant here: