"Watermelophant" by Washington DC area artist, Lola Lombard was commissioned by the DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities. Chosen from over 1200 design entries, her sculpture enjoyed a lot of public, newspaper, online and PBS documentary attention. The project was unveiled by the First Lady, Laura Bush, and the Mayor of Washington, DC. 

The Watermelophant enjoyed huge popularity with the community and tourists alike. Being a favorite, Lola was asked to produce another mini- Watermelophant 6 inches high, given a full page in a book about the project, and was featured on the official Party Animals poster.

Lola enjoyed connecting with the public. She noticed that everyone had so many questions about the project. She created the exhibit on the right to explain the project to make the most of the experience. She also enjoyed appearing for book signings and creating cross marketing events with the sponsor of the sculpture, Whole Foods. The elephant was on display from April through October in front of their 14th and P St. flagship location.

The Party animals project culminated with a live-auction and an on-line event open to the public. Watermelophant went for over five thousand dollars. The money was raised to support future DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities arts grants and projects. For more info and pictures on the Party Animals Project, go to www.partyanimalsdc.org

"Party Animals" Largest Public Art Project in History of Washington, DC.

Lola also designed the exhibit panels below which sat aside the elephant and explained the project to the public.:


Finished Sculpture

and close up

April 23, 2002 Lola and the Mayor of DC, Anthony Williams