During a special “meet the artist and view the art” event on March 25 and 26, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community artist Jeff Fulwilder showcased his latest sculpture, titled “A Horse Called Creation,” to Community schools and the Community at large to encourage people to get inspired and create their own beautiful artwork.
On Monday, March 25, Fulwilder brought the almost 300-pound sculpture to Salt River Elementary School and Salt River High School, where students came out of their classrooms to view the piece. The steel mustang sculpture features symbolic designs resembling Hohokam pictographs. The images represent different stories and stand as representation of all creations in life. The following day, Tuesday, March 26, the sculpture was on display at the Two Waters Building, where Community members, employees and tribal staff could view it.
“It’s cool—the designs were my favorite part. I like the swirly one in its neck,” said Gabriel White. “I like art; my favorite art forms are graffiti and 3D animations.”
“I like the color of it,” said SRES first-grader Christian Lopez.
The sculpture, which took Fulwilder a year to complete, will be installed permanently at the Rancho Solano Preparatory School, a private school located at the Pima Center on Via De Ventura and Loop 101.
“This will be placed in front of their gymnasium; it represents their Mustang mascot,” said Fulwilder.
The style of the horse’s eyes, mouth and hooves is a tribute to famous Native American sculptor Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache). The mane and tail were hand-forged, heated and pounded to create the impression of wavy hair.
Fulwilder has sculptures installed at the Pima Center, Casino Arizona, The Pavilions at Talking Stick and Two Waters Building A.
By taking the sculpture to Community schools, Fulwilder hopes to encourage youth who like art to maybe come up with some art projects of their own. “Maybe [later they will] remember [what they saw] today and start to teach themselves and pick up from other artists to start to do their own artwork,” said Fulwilder.