High school student nearly done with ‘Monumental Mammoth’ sculpture for ‘Burning Man’

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A major community art project that 8 News Now profiled a few weeks ago is finally coming to life.  The Girl Scout behind the “Monumental Mammoth,” showcased her progress Thursday morning for local and national public officials. 

The metal masterpiece by 18-year-old Tahoe Mack is nearly complete, but final touches remain before the display will be shipped to Burning Man this year.  The art piece stands roughly 20-feet tall.

The life-sized Columbian Mammoth sculpture is made with recycled metal and other items dumped illegally throughout the years at the monument.

Mack conceived this project three years ago for her Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the highest achievement within girl scouts. 

She says she wants to highlight the importance of protecting and preserving public lands while also encouraging young girls to get involved in their community. 

“Just seeing the future generation getting inspired about public works, getting inspired about the fossils, about art — it’s so inspiring, and I just hope this is a catalyst for other girl scouts to stay in scouting and finish their Gold Award,” said Tahoe Mack, the visionary behind Monumental Mammoth.

Mack says she will travel with the Mammoth head to San Francisco this summer.  That’s where she’ll work with the artist who did the exterior structure, to complete the top piece.

Mack and others involved in this artwork still need donations to complete the Mammoth, which includes installation and lighting at Tule Springs National Monument. 

Mack has set up a GoFundMe page called “The Monumental Mammoth. Anyone who wants to contribute to the project can do it there.

After the exhibit’s debut at Burning Man, its permanent home will be at Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument near the North Las Vegas entrance. 

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