18. Henry Mitchell, "Giraffes”

Henry Mitchell

Giraffes, 1959, bronze

Gift of Mrs. Eileen Zantzinger Holberg in memory of her husband Alfred Zantzinger

Collection of The Society of the Four Arts, 1981.15

Although sculptor Henry Mitchell frequently rendered the human figure and abstract forms in his work, he is primarily known for his sculptures of animals. This piece depicts two giraffes—the tallest living terrestrial animals—prancing and playing. Mitchell reduced their distinctive coat patterns to geometric shapes while at the same time infusing the animals with a sense of whimsy.