Lupe the Mammoth

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I discovered this sculpture completely by happenstance after deciding to walk back to my San Jose apartment instead of taking an Uber/Lyft after I took my car to the nearby repair shop. I took a selfie or two in front of it, wondering what it was. That was in 2017 and I just now discovered the full story of the mammoth excavation this sculpture commemorates. Wonderful way to go full circle on this.

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Hah! Iā€™m from San Jose, and my family was obsessed with this mammoth when it was discovered. It was agonizing for my teen self that my mother INSISTED on making regular picnic lunches for me to deliver to the archeologists, who were gracious but very confused.

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