Since I was little, I have always been fascinated by the legend of the Loch Ness Monster. I found all the theories and ‘evidence’ intriguing, and even though I don’t believe in Nessie, I still find myself researching the myth every now and again.
One of my favourite (and most ridiculous, I think) theories about Nessie and the ‘sightings’, is the elephant theory. This theory goes that the vast majority of sightings were due to an escaped circus elephant swimming in the Loch.
The head and spine of the elephant therefore made the distinctive ‘humps’ and head of the monster. I find this theory ridiculous because of how there were no escaped circus elephants roaming Scotland, and because of how unlikely an escaped elephant would be to go for a swim in the freezing Loch.
As my current work explores hybrids and weird creatures, I couldn’t resist making a piece of art about this theory. The resulting artwork is an ‘Infant Loch Ness Monster’ skeleton, comprising of a plesiosaur neck, spine, flippers and tail, and an elephant skull. This piece works because at first glance you would think it was a depiction of an actual extinct aquatic dinosaur, but upon reading the title you realise how absurd it is.