Leda Livant and her late husband Michael Kahn built Eliphante in 1979 on land near Cornville, AZ. The structure is composed mainly of found objects which include rocks, scraps from construction sites, stained glass, pottery and driftwood. Though majestic in its own way, Eliphante is in dire need of repairs (an estimated $28,000) and is listed in the Smithsonian’s SOS (Save Outdoor Sculpture) initiative.
It started out as a residence for Leda and Michael, but today Eliphante is an organization to support the arts as well as a sporadically active tour site.* Leda lives in another fascinating building on the premises – Hippodome. It has no plumbing, heat, or electricity but it’s filled with the beauty of her husband’s paintings and found objects. Both residences find and reflect the value in even the smallest of things. What a gratifying way to live.
*If you’re interested in a tour, contact J. D. Allen of Blue Feather Tours at 928.963.0271.