By Gabrielle.

Mike Fontana, a sculpture and industrial designer, lives in what most of us might consider tight quarters. Four hundred square feet, to be exact, shared with his grown daughter and a number of oversized and yet surprisingly not overwhelming objects. But that’s not what I wanted to tell you.

Over his desk, Mr. Fontana keeps a Horton face fashioned from Styrofoam. Horton is his mascot. His guardian angel, if you will. Why? As the artist explains it, “Horton is a symbol of integrity. And I like that he is here watching my back.”

That’s what I wanted to tell you. And I also wanted to ask if you’ve got someone in your home watching over you, too. I hope you do.

P.S. — More elephants, lest you’ve forgotten!