Maxima is the first in this series of intricate sculptures. In the future custom orders for portraits will be considered. For inquiries please email sales [at] Equilux [dot] com.
Selection of Poses
Equine body language and expression
A sculpture project aiming to reflect natural movement and expression.
by Maria Talasz
Years ago I envisioned building a horse sculpture capable of expressing moods. To a large extent, a horse uses body language to communicate. In my versions of articulation, the neck gets extra attention as it plays a large role in this language, together with ears, eyes, mouth, nose, and tail. The movement of the neck has to be smooth in moving up and down, nicely arching, and well flexing. In addition, the ears have to be able to move in all natural directions.
Back then, I started by taking a small piece of fine cherry wood and carved a little head and went from there.
After about a year of on and off working on this project, the result was a horse sculpture which when handled, actually takes on its own personality. Despite the relatively rough finish, its movements and the brilliant deep blue colors evoke a spirited personality.
In 2011 I started to create a new version of the horse, and with the use of 3D design technologies and precision
milling, I started to design a series of larger horses. All different but all capturing as much of the spirit of the free, gentle and beautiful horse as possible.
Process of refinement
The sculptures are created in traditional materials. Wood, selected for specific properties, fine cow leather, and real goat hair, complemented with metal and finished in natural (historic pigments) oil based paints. Considerable time is given to all details and aspects of the design of each part.
Shown below are the renderings by design consultant Plamen Drenski, and a raw cut of ball joint tail segments in bass wood.
Software and Equipment
Currently, the 3D modeling software is Rhino 5 by McNeel and Associates.
Milling is done with a series of Roland DGA machines and accessories for of their accuracy and ability to reproduce fine detail finishing in traditional materials.
Other products include DeWalt, Proxxon, Dremel, Makita, and others for planing, cutting, sanding, and fine drilling and finishing. Paints by Rublev/Natural Pigments