Almost from the moment that wholesale retail club Costco opened its doors at the end of May, locals have speculated on what would become of its two most famous members: the enormous metal elephant and giraffe statues that resided in the middle of the store. As of yesterday, however, mbl.is reports that both creatures have now found their permanent homes.
The giraffe was the first to go, purchased for around ISK 300,000 (USD 3,000, EUR 2,700) by financial advisor Gunnar Páll Tryggvason over the weekend to adorn his backyard during his and his wife’s 15th wedding anniversary party.
“Perhaps I didn’t think it all the way through,” he said in an interview with Vísir. “I bought the giraffe on impulse. I’d seen this majestic beast in that cold warehouse in Garðabær and I was throwing a party in our backyard, where there’s a lot of room. I just thought that our green garden could be a good and natural home for this creature. It would also make the guests happy, our closest family and friends, and ensure that it was a good party.”
As of yet, nothing is known about the elephant’s new home. But according to a photo posted in a Costco-related Facebook group, the statue, which retailed at ISK 499,999 (USD 5,072, EUR 4,500), is now wearing a ‘Sold’ sign and is awaiting pickup.
It seems likely that the giraffe will soon adorn many a garden party and social event around the capitol, as Gunnar Páll says he’s already received a number of inquiries to this effect. “I’ve actually already gotten five offers to rent or buy it,” he laughed during his interview. “I could very well come out ahead.”