The sheep in Sheep (Moutons) are actually usable as garden benches. Other works are similarly functional: he has made donkeys as desks, gorillas as safes, baboons as wood stoves, and so on. Each work is technically sound and yet poetically thoughtful. He considers himself an “artisan” in the medieval sense of the term. Lalanne delights in his works and insists that his objects have an everyday usefulness so that they can be enjoyed readily by others.
Year Completed: 1993-1998
Material: Cast epoxy, stone and bronze
Owner: Missouri Botanical Garden