ROXBURY, NJ – For elephants in Africa, danger comes in the form of ivory seekers, trophy hunters and poachers. For the elephant in Succasunna, it will come from the sun.
The fact that her snow elephant is doomed – and might not even last the weekend – did not stop artist Jenn Stevens from spending much of this week building the creature. When she ran out of snow from her front yard, she borrowed some from the neighbor’s.
She was out there today packing more onto her pachyderm. “I’ve gotta build up the eyes here and put on the tusks,” she said.
As she worked, motorists on Eyland Avenue tooted horns and waved at Stevens and her 6-foot-by-8-foot work of art. “Somebody left me a ribbon,” Stevens said, noting she was unsure whether she would drape it over the elephant’s neck.
Stevens, 29, grew up in Roxbury. She’s better known for her uncanny ability to turn food into pieces of art. She said she decided to make a snow elephant because she liked the way that one made out of a pumpkin last year turned out.
Like snow, fruit doesn’t last forever. Stevens sometimes ends up eating her handiwork.
The Polar Vortex that gripped Roxbury this week is on the way out. Warmer air and rain are predicted, and Stevens expects her majestic mammoth will have a Frosty the Snowman ending before long.