Steve Turnbull was selected by Hawaii Craftsmen to create an original sculpture as a gift for Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhornm of Thailand. As this original article at the Maui News is no longer available online, we have archived a copy of it here, along with some personal photos.
Steve Creates A Gift For A Princessists” proposing an abstract elephant as a gift for the Princess. Steve Turnbull was the artist selected to create the elephant out of Koa wood.
This was a beautiful opportunity for art to serve its place in international relations, and for a Hawaii artist to have his work in the royal collection. Steve said, “It was an honor and quite an experience to be in the presence of Her Royal Highness. I am proud to be chosen as the sculptor to create such a special gift from our state and The Honorable Mrs. Jean Ariyoshi. It was an evening I will never forget. My gratitude goes out to the Hawai‘i Craftsmen, Mrs. Ariyoshi, and the East West Center for their gracious hospitality for the event.”
The Honorable Mrs Jean Ariyoshi presented the gift saying, “Our famous sculptor from Maui, Steve Turnbull, created this beautiful Koa Elephant for your royal collection. We chose an elephant because I know of your collection and love of elephants and what they represent to your country.” Her Royal Highness graciously accepted the gift.