Monday, February 22, 2010

Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies

If you come along I-90 in Washington State and near the center of the state between George and Vantage, you might spot a herd of wild horses on the hill.
This is the Wild Horses Monument--Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies.
A good view can be had from the parking area at the turn-out--especially good if you have binoculars or a zoom lens. 
I am not sure how long the sculpture has been in place, as we don't normally travel that route. It has been there for at least fifteen years. There are fifteen horses, and the sculpture is not complete. The artist originally intended to add more horses and the basket  which is part of the legend on which the piece is based.

You can find the legend retold with additional images of the life sized herd at Toby's site here. Unfortunately, as he relates, the plaques describing the scene have been defaced and still are not replaced. It would be nice to have the information available there.
One day I will go back when I have some time, my hiking boots, and a good wind-breaker. I want to brave the fierce wind that winds down the Columbia (the hills on the opposite side of the river are home to a huge wind farm.) and the possibility of rattlesnakes to get up close and personal with these magnificent pieces of art.
You will hear about it here when and if I do.


imac said...

Thats wonderful, captured well.

Paulie said...

What a neat place -- it is too bad that people had to vandalize it and steal the copper. I find it hard to believe that anyone would pay money for the copper plaques, knowing that they had to have been stolen. sigh

Thanks for sharing a part of WA I will probably never get to see.

Amanda said...

I live very close to this monument. I can see it from my house.

Elsa Louise said...

Thanks, again, for your kind assistance on the Forum. And I’m so pleased to read more about the ponies here. Indeed, they are the very same ones I spotted last summer while driving through Washington. I appreciate that you took the time to share with us their background and how they came to be cantering on this hilltop. Lucky Amanda, who can see them from her house!

Brit Gal Sarah said...

That really is something! When we drive to OKC we pass a big hill with a Native Indian on horseback at the peak and it looks very similar.