“Patient Matriarch” (Female African Elephant) - CODAworx

“Patient Matriarch” (Female African Elephant)

Submitted by Nicholas LoFaro

Client: Sean & Kelly Joyce

Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $1,200

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Johnny LoFaro

Johnny LoFaro


Nicholas LoFaro


This elephant is in sitting-position, a rather difficult anatomical portrayal in sculpture, she is 28” tall, reclaimed and fabricated steel, welded with green marble eyes.


The commission was for a mother-to-be. I wanted the “patient matriarch” to be conveyed in the pose of the elephant. She is sitting and looking fierce. A sentinel to watch over her future child.


Lots and lots of elephant anatomy and research. They are a strange, yet, beautiful animal, it was important to express the mysticism of the creature.