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Horses, Saratoga Style

Posted: 05/25/2007

Artists from around the Northeast – including a Skidmore student and faculty member – brought to Whitney Fields Thursday 34 fiberglass horses they’d spent three months turning into unique pieces of public art.

Subjected to every conceivable mode of artistic interpretation – painting, lacquering, and coating in ceramic, sheet music and bottle caps -- the horses were convened in this single location by the Saratoga County Arts Council for a gala evening of admiration prior to their dispersion to locations throughout Saratoga and Schuylerville.

One will come to a concrete slab in front of Admissions. Titled “Taking Flight,” this is the horse that Ashley Halsey ’07 has painted in chickadees, woodpeckers, goldfinches, crows, snowy owls, bald eagles and other common and not-so-common birds native to the Saratoga region. Its durable sheen is thanks to two coats of clear-coat auto-finish contributed by Allstar Motor Car Corporation of Saratoga Springs.

Standing beside “Taking Flight” at Thursday night’s event was “Babel Horse,” by Anne Francey, lecturer in art and art history. Painted in gray with white lettering, it celebrates the universality of horses with quotes about horses in the world’s five great languages.