Wooden Horse

Marco Rando
2016  |   Body: Elm; Neck: Spalted maple*; Legs: Treated pine; Head & Tail: Treated douglas fir; Assembling Dowels: Oak; Galvanized lag bolts

Wing Spirit was one of several original sculptures displayed at the Parkri

Comments by the artist: “I was honored to be asked to recreate Gonzalo Fonseca’s Wooden Horse—I remember playing on the horse as a child. As I begun the project I wanted to honor the overall details of its unique form as created by Gonzalo. The changes in gesture were guided by an Elm trunk I had drying for over 12 years, lying in wait till the opportunity presented itself. The trunk was the Y section of the tree allowing to accentuate the chest of a regal creature, while the angles and cuts of the neck, head, and legs was to give movement to the toy like figure.”

*The maple was allowed to begin initial stages of decay and then subsequently dried. 

Information about the original sculpture by Gonzalo Fonseca can be found here.

Owner: Lake Anne Reston Condominium Association (LARCA)
Sponsors: LARCA and Public Art Reston

dge Center as part of the 1991 Outdoor Sculpture Invitational, an effort to present contemporary art in a public setting to office tenants, visitors, and the general public. The grounds of the office park provided the setting for an extended installation organized and sponsored by Walker and Company, with the participation of the Greater Reston Arts Center. This exhibition of outdoor sculpture was on view from August 1991 to June 1992. Numerous sculptures remained on view for many years including this soaring work by noted Indiana artist, John Mishler. 

Wing Spirit is composed entirely of recycled metal from an industrial scrap yard.  Mishler likes the prospect of giving discarded materials a second life. According to the artist, the vertical linear shapes of the sculpture represent lightning bolts and the three-points that hold the large sculpture represent the powerful stance of a ballerina. Among the varied types of steel used in Wing Spirit is diamond plate—a metal used on steps, fire trucks, and other industrial applications. Diamond plate added great texture to the sculpture as well as paid homage to Mischler’s residence in Indiana—a large industrial center in the United States.

Owner: Penzance Parkridge Four, LLC
Presented at the First Annual Outdoor Sculpture Invitational by Walker and Company with the participation of Greater Reston Arts Center