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Friday, 16 January 2015 00:00

Life-Sized Elephant Statue Put Las Vegas, NV Body Shop on the Map

C&S Body and Fender Shop in Las Vegas, NV has been going strong for 35 years at it’s current location, thanks to their service and their iconic mascot – an angry white elephant. The elephant overlooks the west side of Interstate 15 north of Carney Avenue, reported Henry Brean, reviewjournal.com.

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The angry white elephant on the side of C&S Body and Fender Shop in Las Vegas after a graffiti artist wrote "Elephants Will Kill" underneath.

 

Body shop owners Francis Connell and husband Guy explained to Brean that the previous owner of the elephant intended to sell it to Circus Circus. After the deal fell through in 1983, the fiberglass statue was hauled in three pieces to the back of the Connell’s property and assembled in the same place it still stands guard today.  

Recently, a graffiti tagger painted the words “Elephants Will Kill” under the trunk and tusks, which has become the statue’s slogan, reports Brean. Connell doesn’t plan to remove the black letters, agreeing that it suits the elephant’s aggressive expression. Before trees and brush grew out around the elephant, it was used as a landmark.

It has even attracted folks who didn’t need their vehicle worked on. Connell told Brean that a British man wanted to take a picture of two girls he was with riding on the elephant’s back, but her husband prohibited it due to liability reasons. Now the elephant is viewed most on the C&S Body and Fender Shop business cards, riding in a car.

This year will mark C&S’ 50th anniversary in the Las Vegas Valley, roughly 35 years of it at its present location on Losee Road, according to Brean.

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