Straw Mammoth Welcomes Visitors to Eastern Slavonia

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Mohovo in Eastern Slavonia has a truly unique work of art.

In Mohovo, a suburb of Ilok in Eastern Slavonia, just next to a state road, a large straw mammoth was made a few days ago which has met with great interest from passers-by and tourists. The mammoth is over three metres high and was built by sculptor Nikola Faller. According to the director of the City Museum of Ilok Maja Novaković, who is the project leader, the straw mammoth in Mohovo was made as part of this year’s Ilok Summer Evenings, which will include many other events, reports Večernji List on June 20, 2016.

“The straw mammoth is set in Mohovo because bones of mammoths were found in this village in 2012, in the courtyard of local inhabitant Goran Popović. In this way, we connect culture, archaeology and art. We are satisfied because our initiative has been met with a great response from the citizens, as well as visitors and tourists in Ilok”, said Novaković.

As part of the Summer Evenings, a straw deer has been exhibited in front of the City Museum of Ilok as well. “By the end of August, next to the mammoth we will put a bilingual panel for tourists and visitors who will be able to read the description of the site, the finds and the historical overview. The sculpture of the mammoth will be exhibited for about a year, and we are currently considering ways of presentation of the site and systematic research in collaboration with the Croatian Natural History Museum”, said Novaković.

She added that, in the Mohovo area, in addition to mammoths, fossil bones of the woolly mammoth and the woolly rhinoceros have also been found.


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