Arts & Equitainment: Holiday Horse Lighting

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“Impulsion” at dusk (via scottsdalepublicart.org)

Maybe you’ve been to a tree lighting ceremony or two during the Christmas season, but have you ever been to a Holiday Horse Lighting Ceremony? Last Thursday, Scottsdale Public Art and WestWorld Equestrian Center in Arizona unveiled the larger than life horse sculpture “Impulsion” by Jeff Zischke in holiday style!

This 30-foot-high, 40-foot-long, 10,000-pound equine, constructed from 800 individual pieces of stainless steel tubing, appears in motion when LEDs lights mounted to the pavers go to work. Normally, the horse will be lit in the evening with white light that transitions from warm to cool, but it can be programmed with colored light and music for special occasions like the Holiday Horse Lighting Ceremony.

“Water Mark,” also known as the horse gargoyles along Indian Bend Road (via scottsdalepublicart.org)

“Water Mark,” also known as the horse gargoyles along Indian Bend Road.

Artist Jeff Zischke was selected from some 200 applicants in the spring to create an iconic sculpture that will serve as a grand entry to the renovated equidome and new North Hall at WestWorld. Zischke said it took more than five months for Phoenix Magnum Companies to fabricate his design and about 100 people in labor, polishers, engineering, fabrication and lighting to build this masterpiece.

“Impulsion” is just the latest addition to the city’s love affair with horses. Other horse sculptures in Scottsdale include, “Passing the Legacy,” at the Scottsdale Waterfront, “The Bronze Horse Fountain” and “Jack Knife” on Marshall Way, “The Yearlings” at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, and “Water Mark,” also known as the horse gargoyles along Indian Bend Road.

Now, without further ado, here is a peak at what “Impulsion” looks like decked in holiday lights preforming in synchronization with a classical, western, funk and jazz musical soundtrack. I bet you wish you had one of these in your home town as well!

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