The "Yawning Elephant With A Very Long Trunk" was made in 1995 while David was working on "L'Opera" (1998). "L'Opera" is a lavish miniature opera house more than six feet long and four feet high where a performance of Aida is underway, watched by the casts of various other operas. There are several elephants on stage moving their heads from side to side with articulated trunks. This particular "Yawning" elephant's head was made instead to move up and down. It didn't quite fit in with the "ballet" David had in mind for the staging of Aida so he kept it as a separate piece. At that time the trunk was in scale with the body.
"Yawning Elephant" was shown at the Allan Stone Gallery in 1998. It is currently represented by Hackett | Mill gallery of San Francisco.