The Blind Men and the Elephant

James Hoolsema's avatar James Hoolsema

This is an interactive presentation of the famous parable that tells the story of six blind men who each touch different parts of an elephant. Based on his own perspective of a specific body part, each blind man in turn relates to the others his own version of what an elephant is, thus creating great conflict. Though each blind man was correct in his own right, all were wholly wrong. This piece includes six photographs of an elephant portrayed as seen dimly, each with a particular part - the ear, the trunk, the tail, the side, the knee and the tusk - highlighted and raised so that the viewer can touch and feel what each blind man felt. The parable of The Blind Men and the Elephant teaches that we should not mistake the part for the whole. We need to consider other points of view, keep an open mind and keep personal biases out of the way when assessing other’s views.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3 inches
  • Medium: Photo Sculpture
  • Width: 4 feet
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 4 feet