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Equilux Maria Talasz Maxima

Equilux Maria Talasz Maxima


The newest member of the Articulated Horse family is Equilux "Maxima" AHM. As a fully jointed and poseable sculpture, her personality comes to life when her body positions and expressions change. Maxima stands 3 hands high and is 45 cm long from nose to the base of her tail.
Created from American cherry and bass wood combined with fine leather, she is coated in the warm depth of natural oil colors. Features a braided mane and tail of fine long goat hair. [Patent Pending].

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

Maria Talasz - Equilux Articulated Horse "Maxima" in sitting position

Maria Talasz - Equilux Articulated Horse "Maxima" rolling, taking a dust bath

Maria Talasz - Equilux Articulated Horse "Maxima" in an attentive expression

Maria Talasz - Equilux Articulated Horse "Maxima" rolling

Maria Talasz - Equilux Articulated Horse "Maxima" in a cattle cutting stance

Maria Talasz - Equilux Articulated Horse "Maxima" listening and looking back what's behind

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.

Blue Horse by Equilux - Maria TalaszBack 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.

Equilux Articulated Horse: 3D redesign of the hoof by Plamen DrenskiEquilux Articulated Horse Project: Hooves

Equilux Articulated Horse Project: Milling the small parts

Software and Equipment

Currently, the 3D modeling software is Rhino 5 by McNeel and Associates.

Rhino 3D

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