Visit the world’s largest elephant!
In the middle of Maximilianpark stands the glass elephant, the world’s largest jumbo! In 1984, the artist, Horst Rellecke, transformed the coal sorting house of the former Maximilian colliery into today’s walk-in sculpture on the occasion of North Rhine-Westphalia’s first regional horticultural show. Take the elevator up into the glass trunk and, from a height of 35 meters, enjoy a wonderful, panoramic view over the entire park area, the city of Hamm and the green Westphalian countryside. Inside the glass elephant, you will also find a garden with ten movable art objects. Via a switchboard, you can electrically control the movements of nine of them.
Their names really mean something: The “Palm Cleaner” really does clean palms, the “Praying Mantis” slowly climbs up a metal pole in a determined way and the “Thirsty Chicken” waters the plants all around it. In addition, there is a “Trunk Plane” waiting, a “Mechanical Miner”, the “Caterpillar Sisyphos”, a “Water Lily” and a “Praying Mantis” and an “Elephantenbörse”. The copper-eating polyphemus spits out a small object of art, but it doesn’t get by without your muscle power.