The Outdoor Arts Foundation announced today that included in its “Herd About Tampa Bay” project will be a Tampa Bay Lightning-themed Elephant, suited up as a goalie for exhibit during the Republican National Convention.
Sponsored by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, “Puckyderm” will be prominently displayed at Channelside Bay Plaza, the downtown Tampa “Herd” location for the project. The Elephant will be dressed as a goaltender in the Lightning’s blue home jersey, featuring a goalie mask with a 20th Anniversary logo. Attentive fans will notice a silhouette of a Stanley Cup in the Elephant’s eye, in homage to the team’s incredible 2004 Championship season. Tampa artist and long-time Lightning fan Marlon Huynh was drafted to design and embellish the player/pachyderm.
Tampa Bay-area artist Marlon Huynh poses infront of Tampa Bay Times Forum with Puckyderm. (Photo by Scott Audette)
According to Foundation Executive Director, Jay Goulde “Both the Lightning and Lightning Foundation have been long-time supporters of ours; it is an absolute honor to have them on board for this project.”
Steve Griggs, Chief Operating Officer for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Times Forum is also glad to have the Lightning represented in the “Herd”: “As the host facility for the 2012 Republican National Convention, we are very excited to join with the Tampa Bay community in celebrating this great event. Outfitting our elephant as a goaltender allows us to bring the Lightning brand to life as we prepare to honor the team’s 20th anniversary this fall.”
The “Herd About Tampa Bay” project is a collaboration between the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee and the Outdoor Arts Foundation. Throughout August and early September, close to 30 Elephants will be displayed at two main “Herd” locations; the Main Transfer Level at Tampa International Airport and Channelside Bay Plaza in downtown Tampa. Additional Elephants can be seen at patrons’ places of business such as Datz in South Tampa, the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront and the Plaza Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach..