Dimensions: 15′ x 9′ x 9′ Year Completed: 1986 Material: Bronze Owner: Missouri Botanical Garden
About the artist:
Born in Florence, Italy in 1886, Sirio Tofanari was self-taught. He began working in 1914 as a sculptor and continued though his life without pause. After living in Florence for many years he eventually settled in Milan. Called the prince of animal modelers, Tofanari’s bronzes are finished with expert use of the file, as carefully done as if by a jeweler. Unfortunately, many of his works were destroyed during the bombings of Milan and Florence during the Second World War.