Local artist Max Carbo’s shop recently looked like a scene from the movie “Jumanji.” Carbo was commissioned by Margaret Ellis to build a life-size rhinoceros for her son’s business, Texas Direct Auto, located in Stafford, Texas. “They were thrilled. They were so happy,” said Carbo. “The son said it surpassed his expectations.” The rhinoceros took two artists, Carbo and Valentino Aviles, a total of three weeks to complete. The animal now is on display in front of the Texas Direct Auto office. The rhino is 12-feet wide by 6-feet tall. It was made out of polystyrene, covered with a special epoxy coat and concrete. The idea to build a rhinoceros came from the book “Keep Charging” by Scott Alexander. The book illustrates the characteristics of a rhinoceros, such as thick skin and being ready to charge, as a metaphor for how to successfully live a life through Christian teachings. “The book is about the characteristics of the animal, and how it applies to Christian life,” said Carbo. “Texas Direct Auto applies the principals of the book to their business.” Carbo is no stranger to making animal sculptures. He has created lambs, lions, horses, birds and other animal statues. “Even though I have been making three-dimensional signs in the past, lately, thanks to the inspirational work of a fellow artist Juda Myers, I was able to expand my skills as a sculptor,” said Carbo. “I consider my talent a gift from God and therefore, I have been doing it all my life,” Carbo added. For more information, Carbo can be contacted at 832-527-7652 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit Carbo’s official Web site at exodus31arts.com. For more information about Myers, call 281-451-8460 or visit juda4praise.com.

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