Before he had a name, the real ZoZo was a six-year-old orphaned elephant who lived on the next door farm next door to the Mavros’. One hot and dusty day, he went down to the vlei, a moist area that is often found in open grasslands in Mashonaland, and is home to the smiling cane rats and whistling reedbuck. There he rolled and frolicked in a cool and sweet-smelling mud bath, but his weight was too much, and his legs soon sunk into the sticky clay. For hours he squealed for help until the Mavros boys arrived in the Toyota Mavmobile. After securing a sling around the terrified young elephant, they hauled him out of the mud to a piece of high ground. Weak and shaken, his little trunk hanging limply, he stood and welcomed the hot sun as he dried out. Slowly, his tail curled round and he lifted his back leg to scratch a big patch of mud off his bum. It was this unforgettable moment that led Patrick to sculpt this story. For the last fifteen years, there’s been that little rotund elephant standing all alone on his desk in Africa. He stands on three feet and lifts his fourth to scratch his wrinkly round behind. Somewhere in the past, a little girl walked up to Patrick’s desk, stared into the eye of the lonely elephant and called him ZoZo. Since then, with his smooth toes and wrinkly skin, ZoZo has been touched by a thousand hands and has brought smiles to as many faces. There is now a family of ZoZo elephants. There are Mums, Dads, brothers and sisters and although they are sometimes found in small groups, they are, in fact, a big cuddly, interlocking and supportive family. The ZoZos are cast in sterling silver in Patrick’s African studio in one of the most complex and exacting methods he uses. All of them have their family number under their chin.
Item code: 205-223
Made by hand in Zimbabwe
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Every Patrick Mavros silver sculpture is made using the ancient technique of lost wax casting. Obtaining a silver sculpture of the original wax model is a long and involved process. The wax model is encased in liquid rubber which, once set, is carefully cut away to provide a negative. Into this cavity... More about silver casting »
Every Mavros piece is borne of our experiences in the natural world and of our respect for the environment. Every piece has a story. More about this piece »
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