"Lenni" - CODAworx


Submitted by Matthew Harris Studio LLC

Client: Private

Location: New Castle, DE, United States

Completion date: 1999

Artwork budget: $150,000

Project Team


Matthew Harris

Matthew Harris Studio

Carving Negative Images

Ron Harris

Matthew Harris Studio


I was commissioned by a private resident to replicate eight copies of Frank Schoonover’s 1937 sculpture of a copper indian. The family named the statue Lenni after the Lenni Lenape Indian tribe. Including the bow and arrow the sculpture measures 114″ x 12″ x 57″. It is fabricated from hammered copper, silicon bronze, and steel with a weathered copper patina finish, resting on a boulder as the base.


The goal for this commission was to replicate Frank Schoonover's 1937 hammered copper sculpture of an indian, "Lenni". This was a very challenging project as we had to create negative wooden molds for the different body parts, so copper sheets could be hammered into the positive likenesses we needed.