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Horse & Donkey

In the horse and donkey statues, Or-nah reached the very nature of movement, its abstraction and an understanding which makes of the relation to a horse and a donkey a relation to oneself.

Movement does not occur in imagination, it is varied and carries matter. Prior to the sculpturing work, a twofold study has been carried out – a study of matter, carried out through the study of the animal biologic anatomy, and a study of movement involving the observation of its peaceful behavior in numberless sketches.

This process dictated the creative process and its final result. The inner skeleton of the sculpture carries both its structural strength and its outer movement and, only after this has been achieved in full, it could expect its outer envelope in the skin. In both sculptures, the skeleton is made of welded iron. The donkey skin consists of concrete and the horse skin consists of epoxy cement mixed with sea sand. The weight of the sand grains during the work process added its animal dimension to the skin.

The statues are life-sized and they were ordered by the Israel Museum for the “From Wild to Domestic Animals” exhibit1 , and they also served for children’s play.

The Donkey statue has also been cast in bronze and was awarded the first prize in a National Lottery contest; it now stands in the Rabin School in Mazkeret Batya.
The Horse sculpture stands today in the artist’s home.

1.  About the exhibit, see: Maor, Hayim, Without animals life is impossible, Hotam, Al Hamishmar, 13.7.90.




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