Sculptures and other public art work depicting the icon The Horse are seen more frequently lately. As mythical as the horse seems, they are very real, beautiful creatures. They deserve every measure of esteem they receive. ~ HfH
From: AZ Central
By: Sonja Halle
Dubbed “Impulsion,” the 40-foot-long horse that stood almost 30-feet-high on a platform debuted with a light show synced to classical, western, funk and jazz music.
Scottsdale Public Art commissioned the monumental work of Scottsdale artist Jeff Zischke, which is considered the cherry atop a $47 million expansion this year of a space that hosts the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show and Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. The sculpture, artist fee, and site landscaping is paid for with 1 percent of the capital improvement project’s budget.
Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane said the work “epitomizes what Scottsdale’s new west is about — that impulsion, that drive into the future.”
The light show made the horse weighing 10,000 pounds with 800, individual pieces of stainless steel tubing, appear in motion. Almost 200 people attended the unveiling including leaders from Barrett-Jackson and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Normally, the horse will be lit in the evening with white light that transitions from warm to cool, but it can be programmed for color light and music shows.
“Love it, love it!” said Taryl O’ Shea, director of the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona that hosts the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. “I already ordered a disco horse for the last day of the horse show.”
Scottsdale Public Art chose Zischke’s design from more than 200 applicants. Zischke said it took more than five months for Phoenix Magnum Companies to fabricate his design and about 100 people in labor, polishers, engineering, fabrication and lighting to build.
The sculpture and special light and music display exceeded his expectations.