Model Citizen: Art Deco Elephant Head


This Art Deco styled, geometric elephant head is one of two such carvings that can be found on the former Burton menswear building on Ann Street in Belfast.

The building was designed by Harry Wilson of Leeds for Montague Burton and was constructed in 1931-33. The three-storey Art Deco building has a remarkable decorative faïence façade which includes stylised geometric patterning along with the two elephant heads crowning the columns.

Model Citizen sees it’s sculptures as a “mechanism to emphasize the beauty and significance of our built heritage,” translating art deco, brutalist, and internationalist styles into tangible, tactile sculptural objects that can be held, felt and explored.



Dimensions: 220mm high x 150mm wide, 35mm deep, Weight: 1.15kg.

Can be collected from the RSUA to avoid shipping costs.

This piece comes pre-drilled and ready to hang on a wall.

Made to order: Approximate delivery time up to 3 weeks. The models are delivered in a strong, durable double walled cardboard box nestled in a bed of recycled brown shredded paper which ensures the product is well cushioned during its journey to you.

Established by Architect John Donnelly in 2016, Model Citizen specialises in producing finely detailed plaster cast architectural model sculptures and details which explore the diverse built environment of Belfast, Northern Ireland. ‘Model Citizen’ was founded to promote public understanding and appreciation of the architecture and craftmanship present in Irish cities, manifesting as an ongoing series of intricate sculptures.

During his time studying Architecture at the Belfast School of Art, John explored the medium of using plaster and concrete to cast models during the design process and as finished models. Each model is made using a special non toxic gypsum/resin composite material which picks up a greater level of detail than standard gypsum, but is also very robust giving the models a reassuring feel of quality.


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