Two Faced Horse





Introduction: Two Faced Horse

This is the second life size horse head that I have created.  I went to a stable and took exact measurements of both the head and neck of a particular horse.  Instead of creating a heavy wood armature I opted for the much lighter foam.  I cut out the dimensions I needed on a band saw and then glued multiple layers of foam together to create a large block.  From this point I painstakingly shaved the shape of the horse ( I think I still have blue foam in my lungs).  After the shape was accurate to the measurements I was then able to adhere what I needed to the foam.  I chose to do one side of the head and neck to look as though it were an actual horse...for the other side I wanted to create the effect that the skin was peeling away to expose the muscle and bone underneath.  The life-like side was wrapped with black cowhide and the mane was created with human hair (from Sally's Beauty Supply).  The other side Is a combination of beef jerky, prosciutto, wax, leather, plaster, and paint.  I also chose a photograph of a sleeping lamb to put inside the glass eye (I've included a detail shot).  So if you are into taxidermy but not killing animals...(that statement might be an oxymoron)...this is a way to get that "trophy" piece on your wall. 



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    Don't judge me I'm only 8!!!

    Yeah? Taxidermy without killing animals? Where do you think the cow hide came from?

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    If you object to hunting animals for use in taxidermy, you could always pick up and clean road kill - you might not be able to to some animals (like this horse), nor would you always be able to have a complete carcass. Now for animals like the horse, you could see if any one (like local farms) had a horse pass away...

    I enjoy both horses you have put up. Reminds me of Francis Bacon, keep it up!

    i really like this i like your take on art and how you distort it into something odd