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Grand Cheval 2 and the Mechanical Horse

10/23/2015

Beval Saddlery has been a Breyer customer for many years. On a recent visit, we couldn't help but notice that the prestigious saddler invested in an equine sculpture of a decidedly larger scale! In August, Beval Saddlery's Pine Street Store in New Canaan, Connecticut had the pleasure of hosting a beautiful equine sculpture, "Grand Cheval 2". The sculpture embodies a galloping horse and was made entirely of metal, by international artist, Adrian Landon.

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Landon, who has been metal sculpting for many years now, out of his workshop in Brooklyn, NY, began sculpting life-size horse sculptures just a few years ago. Grand Cheval 2 is a replica of his second life-size horse sculpture. "It was challenging as I was figuring out horse anatomy and poses and how to translate those into the sculpture. I was seeking to portray the wild, powerful, majestic elegance of the horse, which I know from experience," said Landon.

Landon had a specific plan for the Grand Cheval 2 sculpture, striving to capture the energy and spirit of the horse and share it with the people who observe his work. "This horse is blasting, fully extended in the action of galloping wild, free and slightly crazed as horses always have the potential to be, no matter how domesticated they are, all the while being an incredibly beautiful and delicate athlete, a true gem of nature," said Landon, expressing his admiration and respect for the horse.

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The original Grand Cheval 2 sculpture.

 

Born and raised in New York City, Landon grew among many inspirations, including his parent's art gallery, his father's violinmaking and of course, horses. You could say horses ran in the family; Landon's grandfather was an equine veterinarian for the French army and a 3-day eventer and his father began playing polo when he was a child. Today, Landon enjoys getting out of the city to visit his horses in upstate New York and to play polo with his family during the summers.

Throughout his journey, Landon considered a handful of careers including designing cars or becoming an architect, but it didn't take long for him to realize that school just wasn't for him. After studying Industrial Design for about a year, Landon took some time off to see where his inspirations might lead. Finally, after enjoying some travel, violinmaking, and horseback riding with his father, Landon found himself pursuing metal sculpture. He has now created eight stunning horse sculptures, each one showcasing a beauty and grace that he has grown to admire.

Most recently, Landon dropped off Mechanical Horse, another one of his sculptures, at the Kentucky Horse Park. The sculpture was placed directly in front of the Visitor's Center, next to the International Museum of the Horse where it will be on exhibit for a year. Get photo with the sculpture next July, during BreyerFest!

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The Mechanical Horse Scultpure at the KHP! A side view of the Mechanical Horse sculpture.

 

Find out more about Landon and see more of his work here.

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Comments

BreyerLover2222 Says:
12/13/2016 at 2:02 pm

I just went to the Kentucky Horse Park, and got to see Grand Cheval 2 in action!!!! It was sooo cool!!!! :)

BreyerLover2222 Says:
05/27/2016 at 1:53 pm

Grand Cheval 2 is so amazing!

#1breyer Says:
11/06/2015 at 6:16 am

Thats awesome!!!!!!

doodles101 Says:
11/01/2015 at 5:41 pm

Wow! he is REALLY talented!

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