life-sized alpaca statue, which we've named "Alumni"
is made of aluminum with thousands of tediously detailed small pieces
welded together to give the impression of a real alpaca covered
from top knot to toes in fiber. The project took the craftsman
about 6 months to complete.
Alumni captures both the attention
of visitors and even our alpacas as it appears so realistic. In
fact, last fall a female alpaca managed to outsmart us (yet again) and
got away from the barn. Totally free, she ran directly over to the
statue and once there, she stood still and studied it for a few minutes
as if she was trying to determine it's gender. Watching this
happen we became concerned if one of our herd sires was to get free, he
might run over and try to mount the statue leaving us with an
interesting story to tell when the vet arrived to do the repairs.
Alumni gently illuminated at night
and with the lights and reflections the alpaca looks like it's made of
glass. It's the next best thing to seeing a real alpaca.