The American Horse

A monument to creativity, The American Horse was created by famed animaliere, or animal sculptor, Nina Akamu. The work was inspired, in part, by one created by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci for the Duke of Milan in the late 15th century. This project, championed by Fred Meijer in the late 1990s, resulted in two casts of the 24-foot monument—one for Meijer Gardens and one for the city of Milan, Italy. In addition to inspiration from Leonardo, Akamu was motivated by the history of equine imagery and the study of horses.

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Nina Akamu. _The American Horse_, 1999. Bronze, 288 x 91 x 339 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Copyright DaVinci Discovery Center of Science & Technology