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   Undertoad  Wednesday Sep 7 09:34 AM

9/7/2005: Driftwood horse

It's a fine work of art that xoB finds; "All I know is the location, Newby Hall, Ripon, N. Yorks.," he says.

We need more of this sort of thing, I think; it's a different visual art, isn't it, than painting or other sculpture because it requires a specific type of "found item". All I know is that I could never put something like that together, a 3D jigsaw puzzle without a known set or shape of pieces. One wonders whether the artist figured what stance the horse would have before finding the right pieces for it, or whether s/he adapted the piece based on what was found.

On a tech note, this image strains the capabilities of JPEG more than any other I've ever seen. The original was 147K in size; I optimized it to a medium quality and it only shrank to 100K. Something about the peculiar combination of colors and shapes makes it hard for the JPEG technology to compress. (I try to keep things small for you modem folks.)

lumberjim  Wednesday Sep 7 10:14 AM

spooky. looks like one of those semi decayed horses that you'd see a ring wraith riding.

barefoot serpent  Wednesday Sep 7 11:17 AM

could be the work of Heather Jansch

wolf  Wednesday Sep 7 11:24 AM

If I had the space and the money I would so have one of those ...

Trilby  Wednesday Sep 7 11:33 AM

Originally Posted by wolf
If I had the space and the money I would so have one of those ...
At the end of the day you'd just wind up throwing your coat over it.

capnhowdy  Wednesday Sep 7 04:51 PM

This is a true work of art. I'm with LJ on the spooky part. It is highly intrigueing though. Just at a glance I asked myself 100 questions. Like how did the artist attach the pieces? Did he carve on any of them? etc.
Hope nobody tries to mount it. They may get a splinter in their ass. Or a stick up their butt.
The setting is also very nice in the shot. Great image!

glatt  Wednesday Sep 7 04:56 PM

I tried in vain to dig up more about this, but failed. All I found out was that this location is a sculpture garden that has revolving exhibits. It might not even be there if you went there now.

I like it.

Leah  Wednesday Sep 7 06:06 PM

That would look quite good if it caught fire.

Hobbs  Wednesday Sep 7 06:17 PM

Originally Posted by Leah
That would look quite good if it caught fire.
Dude, that's just cold.

What this really needs is a driftwood cowboy...ooooo, that sounds like a song.

bargalunan  Wednesday Sep 7 06:27 PM

Could act in Sleepy Hollow

barefoot serpent  Wednesday Sep 7 06:44 PM

Originally Posted by Leah
That would look quite good if it caught fire.
someone just return from Burning Man?

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Sep 7 07:58 PM

Originally Posted by barefoot serpent
could be the work of Heather Jansch
That's definitely the right link, thank you. It shows a lot of her work both in driftwood and also in bronze. Amazing!
If you're in the UK, she's having a show this month from the 10th.

barefoot serpent  Friday Sep 16 02:48 PM

...but then it could be the work of Deborah Butterfield:

Shows at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle.

Deborah uses scrap metal as well as driftwood for her horses.

wolf  Friday Sep 16 02:51 PM

Deborah Butterfield's work looks entirely different, stylistically.

There's more life in Jansch's ... musculature, implied movement, tension, etc.

Butterfield's horses are, well, just kind of standing there. Nice ... nicer than I could ever even think of attempting, but just there.

warch  Friday Sep 16 06:18 PM

Horses are pretty.

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