Hamba kahle, Nomkhubulwane

We highlighted the departure of the life-sized elephant sculpture in our to-do post this morning, but in case you missed it, Nomkhubulwane’s going away party is at 5:30 p.m. tonight on the square.

The 1.3 ton female elephant made of recycled tires has been standing in front of the Town Center here in Fayetteville for the last six weeks. A visitor from South Africa, she is touring North America as an ambassador to raise awareness of environmental issues and the impact that they have on all species, large and small.

Nomkhubulwane’s time in Fayetteville comes to an end tomorrow, May 26 and although she slipped into town nearly unnoticed one morning, she’ll be sent off in style this evening. There will be live music, cake, and an elephant-sized going away card for people to sign. “It’s your chance to write your message of hope and inspiration to the people of Chicago, Bozeman, Detroit, and other cities on the tour,” reads a press release about the event. “What did Nomkhubulwane mean to you? How did she inspire you to live?”

For more, check out this Ozarks Unbound video interview with Nomkhubulwane’s national tour manager Bliss Browne, who is also a friend of world renowned South African sculptor, Andries Botha, creator of the life-sized elephant.

[Video via Ozarks Unbound]