Soon: Only Wild Horses and Burros Left will be Remembered in Art
“As the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to stampede wild equine off from the rightful ranges, pump them full of chemicals, sell them off in the quiet of the night to slaughter and now rip the wombs from mares the only way that our next generation is going to be able to see a wild horse or burro is either in a photograph, video, painting or sculpture as they will be gone, all gone, disappeared.
The actions of the BLM has the stench of extinction smeared all over it.
They must be stopped!” ~ R.T.
Vermont-based sculptor Joseph Fichter was so inspired by a 2014 visit to the Little Bookcliffs Wild Horse Range above Cameo to see wild horses that he named three of the horse sculptures he has created after horses there — Inca, Kiowa and Renegade. “It was so exhilarating to see the horses,” Fichter said about the experience.
Fichter created six larger-than-life-sized, steel horse sculptures that have been placed in the newly constructed roundabouts. Horizon Drive officials dedicated the sculptures to the city in a ceremony on Tuesday.
Though he was only commissioned to create five horses, Fichter created a colt that he named Viva, to go along with the small herd. Fichter’s inspiration for creating the colt came from his experience viewing a mare and colt drinking from a watering hole on the mountain range.
“It’s great to see them in place,” Fichter said about the finished work. “It worked out according to plan.”…(CONTINUED)