For anyone who follows Chinese Astrology, you know that The Year of the Wood Horse began on January 31, 2014. And what better way to welcome in a new year than to feature these incredible life-size sculptures of horses – made from driftwood. Above is “Mare at Canter”, below is his “Foal at Canter”, the most recent life-size work of Philippines-based artist, James Doran Webb. The two pieces are proportionate to each other and can be displayed together or separately. The artist creates a miniature version first, to test the waters, so to speak. And then creates these magnificent full size pieces using driftwood (and a frame of hidden stainless steel for support). He works from a large stockpile of collected driftwood (he hires workers to collect it for him daily) – he picks and chooses the piece of wood to match the sculpture’s needs. We’ve chosen to highlight his horses – being Chinese New Year and all – but he has a magnificent catalog of many animals. He manages to capture the essence of the horse beautifully – with the muscles bulging in perfect harmony with the shape of the wood pieces. His work is on display at galleries in England and Scotland – but watch for this talented sculptor to rise to international fame in the future. He’s not just horsing around!
The driftwood horses are so organic – the pieces of wood look like the bulging muscles in their necks
Fighting Stallions: Risking All
This piece is called Frankely Inspiring and it is the smaller model for a life size piece.
Steeplechase (above and below)
Charger on the Mount
More information: James Doran Webb