Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Wonderful Horses at the National Gallery

On my walk to work earlier this week, I noticed something in front of the National Gallery of Canada on Sussex Drive that I hadn't seen before. I went back this morning to confirm what I had seen. It was a wonderful sculpture installation of horses.

There were a whole row of them - eleven in all. This work is by the marvelous Canadian sculptor, Joe Fafard. The horses were installed by the National just recently, at the beginning of December.  

I tried to get a closer look at them. These are the horses at the front. 

Each horse is different from the rest. Some are red, some yellow and some black. I liked the horse on the end - he looks a little wilder than the rest. 

I gave up trying to photograph them from the sidewalk on Sussex Drive and tried to get even closer to see if I could get all of them in one picture. But this was awkward because I was standing on a ramp going down to the indoor parking and I had to watch out for cars. 

I took this picture from the other side, standing in front of the Gallery and looking out to Sussex. I think they look even better viewed from this side. Interesting that the horse that was red on one side is black on the other. 

They really look like they are in motion, don't they?

I also love the way they are so solid looking and yet almost ethereal because of the cut-out patterns on their bodies. 

Aren't they fabulous?


Elaine said...

I love those horses! What brilliant work; a clever concept, beautifully done. I can't stop looking at them.

Thank you for those excellent photographs and for sharing something which I would have been the poorer for not having seen.

PS I hope you don't mind me lurking around your blog.

Stem Cell Therapy in Dogs said...

Thumb up to the people behind this success. I like the idea so unique and I would probably visit the said place. Good job guys!

Ronna said...

Great pix! The horses are marvellous!

Sarah said...

Wonderful! Great that you would risk life and limb to photograph them! :)

Evlyn said...

Elaine: So glad you like the pics of the horse sculptures. And I most certainly love having you look at my blog. It would make me really happy if you became a follower (boost my numbers).

Stem Cell Therapy in Dogs: it is a great sculpture to see. Hope you can visit it sometime.

Ronna: Thanks - I was so excited when I saw the horses. I thought you might like them too.

Sarah: Being an intrepid photographer is worth the risk when I find stuff like this to photograph.

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

Love these! It's so nice to come across public art when you are about the city.