Although it is easy to assume this scale form served as the maquette, or model, for the 8- and 24-foot versions of Nina Akamu's equine masterpiece, it was in fact created at the end of the project as a tangible work for the visually impaired. In actuality, the artist created few preparatory works in either two- or three-dimensional form, instead concentrating on her 8-foot master model.
Nina Akamu. Leonardo da Vinci's Horse (15”), 1999. Bronze, 15 x 17 x 5 inches. Gift of Mark and Mary Beth Meijer. © 2007 DaVinci Discovery Center of Science & Technology.