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The Four Rocking Horses of the Apocalypse

Project: The Four Rocking Horses of the Apocalypse project was born in 2009.  I started with one adult sized rocking horse.  I knew I wanted it to look skeletal and dark, and I knew I wanted it to be ridden and enjoyed.  Never having worked with wood, or large-scale sculpture (really, any kind of sculpture), I just started drawing.  I borrowed tools, bought wood, asked friends to help, learned to sculpt, and eventually a giant rocking skeletal horse was born.  She was alone, not yet part of some large scale project, just a rocking horse for grown ups to ride. Then a friend planted a seed by mentioning the idea of having four rocking horses representing the four horsemen of the apocalypse.  That seed immediately sprouted roots, and before I knew it I was planning the 2nd rocking horse. My interpretation of these horsemen from Revelations in the Bible is very loose, it's an artistic idea based mostly on how I want them to look, and less on the many academic and theological interpretations.  I want them to appear ominous and imposing, but the catch is that they are giant toys.  They are meant to be fantastic and absurd, but also beautiful and magical.  You cannot ride one of the mammoths without feeling a little joy.


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Maker name: Carrin Welch

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