Aurora Rents Elephant
8800 Aurora Ave N
Aurora Rents, an equipment rental firm, is home to a 9,500-pound concrete elephant, which was restored in 2009 by Larry Steele, owner of Aurora Rents, and Bill Heath, restorer, of W.R. Heath.
The elephant was first created by Giovanni Braida in the 1920s or 1930s to showcase the tile artisan's skills. In 1946 it was sold to Denny Grindal who installed it at its present location, which was then Grindal's Aurora Flower Shop.
The elephant became a much beloved highway icon back when Aurora Avenue was the main highway from the north into downtown Seattle, and is one of only a handful of such icons and old signs remaining along that road.
Aurora Rents Elephant (Z11A0007)
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Metal Chicken And Winged Pig Sculptures, Seattle, WA
- Aurora Plumbing & Electric Supply Sign, Seattle, Washington
- Classic Motel Signs, Seattle, Washington