A monument to creativity, The American Horse was created by famed animalier, or animal sculptor, Nina Akamu. The work is inspired in part by a work created by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci for the Duke of Milan, in the late 15th century. Fred Meijer championed the project in the late 1990s, resulting 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 inspired by the history of equine imagery and the study of horses.
Nina Akamu. The American Horse, 1999. Bronze, 288 x 91 x 339 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © 2007 DaVinci Discovery Center of Science & Technology.