The Horse that Rox
Please note, this artwork is available for UK delivery only.
Availble for UK delivery only.
As an art installation* the horse unites the majesty of the historical and the modern. The piece started life in Liverpool circa 1949, in the infamous workshop of the Collinson brothers who, legend goes, only ever made dappled grey rockers after a visit by Queen Victoria who selected a dapple grey from their colourful collection. And Rox is one of them.
After 5 generations of Collinson craft, the last of their rocking horses which had graced many an emerging middle-class family nursery, were made & the historic firm sadly shut down in 1992, hanging up their reins for good.
After years of delighting children, Rox, who probably came to life shortly after WWII, had become rather loose in the joints, threadbare and very much worse for the wear. Whereupon he was banished outdoors to a damp corner of a playground of an after-school club for several years.
However, his fortunes were set to change when he was spotted & rescued by myself, an artist & conservator and brought back to the studio. So began his long journey back to life.
And this where the rest of his wonderful story unfolds.
After an extensive drying out period, Rox received the much needed repair work he needed, stabilising the timber, conserving the original paintwork and repairing his metalwork**. Only then could his former identity be sealed for posterity under a layer of conservation-grade thermoplastic resin and his real transformation started to take place & the 'Horse that Rox' slowly began to reveal his inner ‘sugar skull’ soul.
Inspired by Mexican ritual, where past lives lead to future celebration. Rox is an art installation like no other. The hand-painted design, with a little nod to his Liverpudlian heritage (look out for the Liver bird & Beatle motifs). His eyes glint with dazzling Swarovski crystals & even his soles are painted with diamonds, adding a special spring to his step.
Once fitted with all new, black leather tack along with real, hand-knotted, horse hair mane and tail; harvested from
Mongolian horses (who are absolutely not harmed in the process), his transformation becomes complete. He is now ready for the next life. Ready to rock someone’s world!
* This is no longer a toy and is not suitable for children
** Full, unabridged conservation treatment report provided.
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