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Hippus Opus

19"h x 22"L x 6"w;

Archaeologists are always digging up things that they decide need to be reconstructed  in order that us common dolts can appreciate the find. I am usually  disappointed by these reconstructions, and wish privately (until now) that they would just leave things in the condition that they found them, so that we can imagine for ourselves what it is that they discovered, and enjoy how time and circumstances have affected the artifact in question.  


Of course anything that defies explanation as to its' purpose falls immediately into the category of "ceremonial item". I expect many of these items are actually parts of watermelon peelers, 

Standing bronze horse made up of various textured boxes held together with skewers.
Detail of abstracted bronze horse head.
Detail of the rump of a bronze horse made of heavily textured boxes and skewers.
Detail of a bronze horse tail comprised of boxes and skewers.

(or perhaps parts to horse sculptures). I think Hippos Opus is my way of getting even with future archaeologists for ruining my museum experience.The pile of parts I cast to make this piece in no way resemble a horse, and should this piece be crushed into its' component parts through the passage of time, I believe, and hope, that it will befuddle any attempts at reconstruction.  It almost befuddled me, and it was my idea.


So I hope I have created an image that people can enjoy today, and in the process, created a headache for future archaeologists. I like to think that in some way I have contributed to a long line of unidentifiable items "probably used for ceremonial purposes".

Photo by Kendrick Moholt

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