Madonna of the Red Horses

horses3aIn private collection

We often hear the Darwinian stories of animals evolving and developing their most notable traits as survival strategies. Running farther and faster than predators seems to be a successful one for horses. But when I watch the mares and foals tearing around the countryside, I am struck more by the fact that they are running, not as practice for a survival strategy, but for the pure, sublime, overwhelming joy of it. This pair is made with what is called "magnet wire." It is copper, coated with a lacquer that keeps it bright and shiny through all kinds of weather.