Friday, August 03, 2012


Frost Park Chalk Off 5:18 was without a theme, which worked perfectly for TWT, since the "Four Horses" of the Apocalypse were planned.  TWT had been researching the movement of horses in the photography and early film work of Eadweard Muybridge.  That somehow led to early cave paintings, which often feature horses; petroglyphs; depictions of the Battle of Greasy Grass (Custer's Last Stand) by Native American artists, both contemporaries of Custer and modern; and the four horses of the book of Revelation.

"Four Horses" at the base of the Frost Park fountain.

Detail of "Four Horses": "Seven Lampstands" (Revelation 1:12-20).

Detail of "Four Horses": "The First Horse, White, Conquest" (Revelation 6:1-2).

Detail of "Four Horses": "The Second Horse, Red, War" (Revelation 6:3-4).

Detail of "Four Horses": "The Third Horse, Black, Famine" (Revelation 6:5-6).

Detail of "Four Horses": "The Fourth Horse, Pale (Green), Death" (Revelation 6:7-8).

Detail of "Four Horses": "The Heavens Fall (Wormwood and Waters)" (Revelation 8:10-12).


A passerby commented that the horses reminded him of the horse in Picasso's Guernica, which he had the pleasure of viewing a year ago while on vacation.  Although intrigued by the association, TWT can neither claim such inspiration nor see the visual connective tissue (which is loose if at all).

This was a fun piece to research, to chalk, and to purge from one's soul.

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