When I was about ten my mother told me that “every man has at least one expensive hobby.”
For many men this is playing golf, or rebuilding cars. Some men gamble, some collect things like Star Wars action figures, or baseball cards.
After her first statement, she thought for a moment and paused, “well except maybe your grandfather,” but then she laughed and said, “no, he had one of the most expensive hobbies of all – horses.”
Since horses were domesticated over 5,000 years ago, humans have enjoyed a special relationship with them. They were so important to civilization for so long, that it is not surprising that they have been depicted in art over and over, (there is even a magazine Horses in Art).
These sculptures are by a Chinese trio called Unmask.
I am completely blown away by these sculptures. The efficiency of line is such that we don’t need any more than they provide to see a clear relationship between horse and human.
They remind me of nothing so much as the Uffington White Horse, which is at least 3,000 years old.
all photos from the H.T. Gallery website – they have other sculptures which are just as compelling
via Art Boom