This holiday season, a number of us will probably receive a less than stellar gift. However, it probably won’t compare to this piece of artwork which has been named after Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
According to the city of Yellowknife, Canada, the life-like sculpture of a muskox was donated to them after it represented the Northwest Territories as part of an exhibition of mosaïculture artworks during Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration.
The city happily accepted the gift and launched an online contest to name their newest resident. Anyone who’s ever used the internet knows this is a horrible idea, but surprisingly it didn’t end up being called Musky McMuskoxface.
— City of Yellowknife (@OurYellowknife) December 21, 2018
Instead, it’s now known as Elon Muskox as a tribute to the electric vehicle pioneer. While the city received 300 submissions to name the sculpture, Elon Muskox was the most popular with residents as it received 123 out of the 475 votes that were cast to name it.
While the artwork doesn’t have much of a resemblance to its namesake, the city is probably hoping it will become a bit of a tourist attraction. It’s currently located in front of City Hall in Somba K’e Civic Plaza, but Yellowknife is looking for a more suitable and permanent location for the artwork.
According to the BBC, the Elon Muskox name beat out Me’die’ah (meaning “the bearded one”), Ethel (for Ethel Blondin-Andrew who was the first indigenous woman elected to Canada’s parliament) and, of course, Musky McMuskoxface.
The city is actively trying to engage with Elon Musk and tweeted at the outspoken executive earlier today. In a statement, Yellowknife communications officer Stephanie Vandeputte told the BBC “We are definitely hoping to get a response from Elon Musk, maybe even invite him to our city for a meet and greet with Elon Muskox.”