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The small city of Sheridan, Wyo., had a big night Thursday as it unveiled the newest Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse sculpture in the heart of its downtown area.
Leaders from the community of 17,000 people just south of the Montana border commissioned the eight-foot-tall sculpture from the Da Vinci Science Center – which owns the rights to the artwork. The Center secured those rights with its 2003 merger with Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse, Inc. (LDVHI), the organization that actualized Leonardo’s vision of placing a 24-foot-tall bronze horse sculpture in Italy.
Efforts to bring a Leonardo’s Horse sculpture to Sheridan, Wyo., was led by business and community leader Kim Love and the Sheridan Public Arts Committee. Sponsors included Sheridan Media, Love’s flagship company; Frackelton’s Restaurant; The Phoenix Limited Partnership; the Sheridan Johnson Community Foundation; the Wyoming Community Foundation; and Kim and Mary Kay Love. The newest sculpture was unveiled during the Downtown Sheridan Association’s monthly Third Thursday street festival and was shown live on a web videocast produced by Sheridan Media and the Da Vinci Science Center.
Da Vinci Science Center Executive Director and CEO Lin Erickson attended the ceremony along with Peter C. Dent, nephew of the late LDVHI founder Charles C. Dent; former LDVHI President, CEO, and Trustee; and former Da Vinci Science Center Chairman.
“This is truly a wonderful evening,” Erickson said. “We are pleased to be embraced by the community here and we are inspired by all of its public art and the commitment to this big idea of bringing Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse to Sheridan, Wyoming.”
The Da Vinci Science Center has served as Project Manager for the Wyoming Horse. Based upon master sculptor Nina Akamu’s 1999 original piece, the project was designed by Glasson Sculpture Works in Gardiner, N.Y., and fabricated by Bollinger Atelier, an art foundry in Tempe, Ariz.
Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 without realizing his cutting-edge vision for the 24-foot-tall sculpture. LDVHI placed a 24-foot-tall bronze horse in Milan, Italy, based on Leonardo’s design to international fanfare on Sept. 10, 1999.
Additional Leonardo’s Horse sculptures stand in Vinci, Italy; at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Mich.; at The Baum School of Art in Allentown, Pa.; and at the Da Vinci Science Center.
While focused on inspiring kids to be interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects, the Da Vinci Science Center highlights science’s connections with areas of public interest, especially the arts, and promotes curiosity, creativity, and the qualities of greatness that have been embodied by Leonardo da Vinci and transformative men and women who have succeeded him – as adapted for 21st century life.