The Olifant (Elephant) fountain was created by artist Wladimir de Vries. The sculpture of the elephant carrying a boy on its back is as old as De Wijert, the district where the statue is located. For many people, the De Wijert housebuilding plan (around 1960) was a huge improvement in their housing.
The work of art was a gift from the ‘Maatschappij tot verbetering van woningtoestanden’ (society for the improvement of housing issues) to the municipality of Groningen. During winter the Elephant is stored by city maintenance to prevent frost damage.