Table of the elephants

Chemifant%20small Via The Great Beyond, here is a picture by Emily Unell of what is inevitably called the chemical elephant, who lives in Washington, DC, outside the American Chemical Society building (where else? The National Zoo?)


The elephant was decorated with pictures of elephants depiciting the periodic table of the elements by the students of Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, back at the turn of the century (;-) ). From a Chemical & Engineering News account at the time: “While some depictions are chemically accurate–such as nitrogen, which shows a rooted elephant drawing nitrogen from the soil–others are more a play on the names–for example, the masked Lone Ranger atop a rearing white elephant representing silver.”


See The Great Beyond post for more links to elementania (but not elephantania).

3 thoughts on “Table of the elephants

  1. Hello Maxine
    You’ll see that I have referred to and linked to your blog and Daniel’s The Great Beyond in my “work” blog today

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