I can't say exactly when I became obsessed with mimetic architecture although it was probably due to my first visit to the Cliff house outside of San Fransico where they had an operational Camera Obscura overlooking the shoreline. Other popular examples like the Brown Derby just dug the hole deeper. I had read about the Moulin Rouge elephant and really liked the idea of living inside of an elephant and started making preliminary sketches somewhere around 1990.
When I found out about Lucy the Elephant I decided I needed to make a pilgramage to Margate New Jersey.