A sculptor and his horses
From the artist who brought the world a life-size sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth, comes a new equine-themed work depicting two horses that met a tragic end.
The first, shown on the left, is Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner who was euthanized last January because of deteriorating health. The other horse is Smoothie, a Central Park carriage horse who died last September after running into a tree. Smoothie had been spooked by the drum of a street musician.
"Racing horses live a painful existence that has no good end,"sculptor Daniel Edwards amNewYork on the phone today. "People buying horse tickets are essentially contributing to this painful life, and the same goes for those who ride in horse drawn carriages."
Although not quite as controversial as a naked Britney, show below, or some of his other work, like an autopsy scene of Paris Hilton and the bust of Hillary Clinton, also below, Edward's "The Barbaro Memorial" should generate some buzz when it is unveiled in Central Park this April.
After all, a local law to ban horse-drawn carriages is currently in a City Council committee, and a federal law in Congress would require all racetracks to post information about every horse deaths or injury that occurs there.
-- Justin Rocket Silverman