Driftwood Bronze Horse

Driftwood Bronze Horse

Driftwood Bronze Horse Named Ryuanji by Deborah Butterfield, 2006, Palm Springs Art Museum, California. The bronze horse is constructed of wood and then cast in bronze. The artist gathers driftwood from beaches or rivers, and then attaches it to a bronze frame. The sculpture is then transported to Walla Walla Foundry in Washington State, where sticks are disassembled and molded for pouring molten bronze. Then the pieces are reassembled and the bronze artwork is finished with a patina to look like driftwood again. The striated lines of the sculpture reminded Deborah Butterfield of the lines raked in a Zen garden, so the horse is named after a Zen Rock Garden in Kyoto, Japan.

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