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Here is the finished horse . There are a few refinements that made this one a little harder. the horse is making a tight left turn , this puts all the feet and the centre axis to the right of centre. I was going to build the standard web truss internal  frame and horse in an upright stance then when finished tilt the whole artwork to the left.  BUT then I realised that web trusses only work when vertical. so lots of dramas working on 2 axis at the same time. The vertically aligned web truss had to be completely contained within the  left side tilted horse. All my old measurements and tricks on finding a point in a 3 dimensional space were now no good to me. So this one was more 'free hand' ( so there are a few errors) cheers AndrewJindyhorse4.thumb.jpg.47f0d9d38d90d4af09  

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Andrew, it's hard to find any flaws in something so amazingly made. I'm not even sure if someone who knew more about horses saw it that they would fault you on it. I doubt they could make a Horse from scrap that looks like it was frozen in motion that you're waiting for it to continue running. I could only imagine how much more amazing this would look in person. Your photos are great but any photos never seem to do scale and dimension justice in sculpture.  Beautiful work. You and your work are Very inspirational to me.

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Andrew, that is magnificent ... as always. You have achieved real action and movement there.

I can see so many things that I have in my own junk piles. I am amazed how you have put them together with such precision and faultless proportion.

I saw your other horse full page in Outback Magazine recently. I knew instantly it was yours without reading the photo caption.

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Andrew on these Beautiful horses you've made. I noticed it seems you've had no problem accomplishing the amazing life like look with either larger scrap or smaller bits of scrap. Great work and I cant stop looking at them and looking them over. It seems there are certain key pieces in sections that really stand out yet everything flows great to make the work a seamless animal. I am continually mesmerized and inspired by your work. I think a great title for this piece would be "Free Spirit". :) 

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Thank you Daswulf . I think you are now aware of all my "tricks of the trade "  . Here are the rules:

1, try to  make it look random ,,,,,,,,,,,,,very hard (not as easy as it seems)

2 For each panel / shield   select 2 or 3 primary objects   , these are  distractions to draw the eye  ( lead the viewer ) in a path you choose

3. Place BIG evenly spaced objects over the entire piece

4  Place evenly spaced motifs ( exciting things ) around the work ( flowers  ? - have a closer look)

5 Place LARGE "decoys"   over mistakes you have made this will lead the viewer away from your stuffups

I hope this helps , might save you 10 years of blind searching.

Andrew

PS  The name I gave this artwork was "Freedom Run " so you were very close in your suggestion.

 

 

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Andrew, again? Again such elegance, such beauty and thoughfullness as much here as there was in the seamstress sculpture.

I had the pleasure of hitching horses to work with on my farm every day for a few years. I had one mare who would look like this when she came down from the mountain pasture when I called them all in the morning. She came down running and playfull looking. She weighed 1600 to 1700 pounds. When they got down, they would gather in a corral waiting to enter the barn where they would be fed. A few mornings, and she seemed to choose the sunny days, the lazy days of summer to do this, she would not come in with the others, she would take a few stides and jump over the fence in a field where she would act and look like this horse you just made. I'd stand there laughing, looking at the beauty and the lightness of all that weight. I'd go feed the others getting nervous in their stalls and then, I would hear the hollow sound of her hoofs calmly clip-clopping on the barn floor to her stall to eat. Her name was "Mod". You reminded me of her. Thank you Andrew.

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Another great piece!  Your animals always look very alive as opposed to others that I have seen, and all of your sculptires show a high level of craftsmanship.

My only drawback on this one is on the vertical post holding it up looks out of place to me, kind of like a carousel horse with the pole going through it,. It has a very rigid appearance as opposed to the flowing lines of the horse.  I'm thinking that a mount that was a big curve , or otherwise rounded piece would look even better. 

I always look forward to your posts to see what you have created.

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8 hours ago, BIGGUNDOCTOR said:

Another great piece!  Your animals always look very alive as opposed to others that I have seen, and all of your sculptires show a high level of craftsmanship.

My only drawback on this one is on the vertical post holding it up looks out of place to me, kind of like a carousel horse with the pole going through it,. It has a very rigid appearance as opposed to the flowing lines of the horse.  I'm thinking that a mount that was a big curve , or otherwise rounded piece would look even better. 

I always look forward to your posts to see what you have created.

Yes BIG GUN DOC I have to agree with you about the pole . I guess its only temporary until I find out whos buying it and how they want it mounted.  I made some enquiries about 4"x4" RHS cold rolled but the local engineering firm cant roll it to the desired radius for a curved mount of the size I want . So Im not sure how to overcome this aesthetic problem as the loads on a curved structure would be greater than a vertical post and I don't know if my welds are of structural  quality and subsequent risk to public climbing on / under the work

Thank you Yves for that great story . Its feedback like that that inspires me to try to do something special. cheers

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Andrew, out of curiosity, how much does this weigh if you know? 

I'm working on getting a welder that I can be confident of structural welds. I'm going for one that is more then I need so I won't have to buy another too soon. 

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4 hours ago, Daswulf said:

Andrew, out of curiosity, how much does this weigh if you know? 

I'm working on getting a welder that I can be confident of structural welds. I'm going for one that is more then I need so I won't have to buy another too soon. 

I think between 300 - 400 KG

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Stunning work as always Andrew!

300 - 400Kg's is actually quite light for tubing as its very strong. Think o's a pile of bricks on scaffolding? The verticals are deceptively strong.

Before I could afford the decent benders I used to take 50mm tubing to the local exhaust bloke ant he would bend it up for me sort of while you  wait and I could tweak as well worked like a charm

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Thank you IANINSA . this is an earlier horse  but the method is the same.  A light weight 1" RHS Box section  web truss front and rear  (like a farm gate) very strong...................... as long as it is vertically aligned. This rear "gate" slips onto 2 posts mounted on the main vertical 4"x4" mast.

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