The Tierpark Berlin has a large Elephant House, where they keep a sizeable number of African and Indian Elephants, as well as manatees and Indian rhinos.The latest additions are two Elephas babies; here’s one:
and here’s one of the rhinos, sleeping (again! Darn lazy mammals!)
But that’s not what this post is about. In the Elephant House there is a mosaic mural depicting the evolutionary history of elephants. Die Entwicklungsgeschichte der Rüsseltiere is the title. I guess it is as old as the building and thus dates form 1989. It looks a lot older to me, but back in 1989 that was still East Germany, which means it looks like West-German ’60s and ’70s.
And here it is in all its glory, thanks to stitching in hugin. Email me for full-sized version.
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In fact, there is a part that goes around the corner, which I did not include in the panorama above.
As you can see in this part, the mosaic was created by one Ortraud Lerch. I couldn’t find much information on her easily (i.e., I was too lazy to go beyond the first few google hit) except that she seems to have been quite an “in” DDR-art gal.