The raw spirit and freedom wild horses represent have been captured perfectly in James Doran-Webb’s breathtaking driftwood horse sculptures.
The beautiful pieces are assembled entirely out of pieces of driftwood. The driftwood’s seemingly fluid forms, carved by the waves, lend themselves perfectly to the galloping horses’ features. “The driftwood is very tactile and demands to be interacted with,” the artist told us.
However, working with driftwood and ensuring each piece matches the overall sculpture is no easy task. Working together with a team of craftsmen, said Doran-Webb, it took “some 1,000 to 3,000 hours to make a life-size sculpture depending upon the complexities of the armature and anatomy.”
The magnificent horses convey great power and emotion – “I hope that people looking at the three galloping thoroughbreds might subconsciously think of freedom, energy, and space and might even crave for a park on a summer’s day,” said Doran-Webb.
However, he also told us that the art was meant to promote environmental consciousness. “If I could make one person a little more aware of nature and the impact of nature on their lives, I would be happy. I firmly believe in our need to practice sustainable living to give future generations a better chance of survival.”
We thank James for agreeing to discuss his incredible driftwood horse sculptures. Check out the images and the other work he has on his site!
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