On a recent trip to Denver I went through Laramie, WY, on the return, so I could see D. Michael Thomas’ latest sculpture. It’s truly magnificent.
You have to be standing right next to the horse to get a sense of its size.
Significantly, it was decided to portray a cowgirl rather than a cowboy on the horse. She’s riding the horse her brother could not ride. Look at the explanation from sculptor D. Michael Thomas below:
The sculpture is installed on the University of Wyoming campus at the Marian H. Rochelle Gateway Center. Here is more explanation about women in Wyoming, which is appropriately known as the Equality State. Rugged women in the West have been breaking down and crashing through walls for years.
I visited Mike’s workshop while he was working on this sculpture, more than a year ago. As usual, it was amazing to watch him at work — every detail of the saddle, figures and clothing were taken into account to make it as authentic as possible.
Below you can see some of the details before and after it was bronzed.
Once the sculpture was completed, it had to be broken up into 83 different pieces by the Caleco Foundary in Cody in order to be bronzed. It’s very heavy — the hat alone weighs 200 pounds, though it appears to have blown off her head as she crashed through the wall.
I’m proud of Mike’s work, and of all he has done for this great state of Wyoming. Take a look at Mike’s website and you’ll see many of the other sculptures he has installed in various places, including one for his late friend, Chris LeDoux, in Kaycee, WY. On his website, click on the “Sculptures” and “Photos” tabs to see just how creative he can be. Great work, Mike — congratulations on another completed (and beautifully successful) project!