Almost two years in the making, a metal horse sculpture capable of slow-motion movement at the gallop has been created and is now on exhibit in Florida. The superb moving horse sculpture was originated, designed, machined and produced by the talented and horse savvy sculptor, Adrian Landon, in his metal studio in Brooklyn, NY. News of his latest innovative creation recently hit the media. In particular, a story on April 12 and also the video of ‘The Mechanical Horse’ featuring Landon’s galloping horse prompted this share for horse-loving readers.
Earlier in 2015, Landon’s brilliant slow-motion horse was put on exhibit at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL where it has remained until now. It is an obvious work of art but also a mechanical invention constructed with over 100 bearings, custom laser-cut sprockets, 23 articulating joints and 30 feet of chain. One small electric motor brings the sculpture to life as it executes its slow-motion gallop. The mechanical horse stands 10 feet tall.
Landon readily admits that this horse has become his most “challenging project” to date and all his prior horse experience and passion came into play as well as his various experiments with childhood projects that even included Legos.
On Landon’s website, adrianlandon.com, he discusses that his childhood was spent in New York. His connection to horses grew from his grandfather, a horse veterinarian, expert horseman and three-day eventer, who raised his family in France. The family ended up in New York City where Landon spent his youth. He considers himself fortunate that he was able to become a rider and polo player.
Landon nurtured a longtime ambition to be creative starting with the desire to become an architect or to design cars. But he decided that attending school for so many years wasn’t for him so he took up metalworking. He now says,
I am grateful to have taken up metalworking and have found it to be the path with the most freedom for my taste of creativity. There is something truly epic in representing horses in metal and my passions for both things come together quite well. There’s a great pleasure in pounding out the shapes of the muscles and bones in sheet metal by hammer and making no secret of it.
I want my work to look as rough and raw as possible, and I want my horses to look as powerful and wild as possible, all while maintaining a balance of positive and negative space.
Landon’s completed mechanical horse is certainly a handsome creation. Its motion is natural and quite realistic. The mechanical horse is a compelling figure that fluidly captures a horse at the gallop in slow-motion strides.
Additional horse sculptures may well be in the works – Landon says he hopes to make many more.
View a video of the artist sculptor Adrian Landon at work: The making of Equus Argentum