This highly collectible, limited edition uncommon 2003 Horse and Rider black resin maquette is a miniature of Tom Otterness's large bronze "Horse and Rider" sculpture located at Texas Tech University's Student Union Gathering Pavilion. The original piece was commissioned by the Student Union to celebrate Texas Tech's famous mascot - "The Masked Rider" Otterness' version of the mascot depicts the Masked Rider atop of the horse, kicking its “feet triumphantly in the quest for truth,” as he describes. (The tradition of the Masked Rider started as a dare in 1936 when an unidentified masked or ghost rider would circle the football field during home games. The Masked Rider became an official mascot in 1954.) The artist made a series of white and black resin multiples back in 2003 as a result of numerous requests by students for affordable models of the Horse and Rider. They were only available for sale by the Texas Tech student union - and sold out very quickly. Although there is no stated edition, it was a one-off offering, just for Texas Tech students, with no second editions ever made. Now they are highly desirable vintage collectors items. Created in an unknown limited first edition only back in 2003. Horse and Rider is difficult to find, especially in the original box as this is - so if you're an Otterness fan, we recommend you snag this one!
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Signature: This wonderful piece is held in its original foam packaging the original red box with the artist's copyrighted printed signature. Excellent condition. A real treat. The red box measures 6.25 by 6 x 3.25 inches
Manufacturer: Tom Otterness Studio
About Tom Otterness
Since the 1970s, Tom Otterness has been populating public spaces with his impish human and animal sculptures, through which he gently lampoons American society. Disarmingly cute and cartoonish, and underpinned by art history, popular culture, and a democratic vision, his characters mock societal groups. “The artwork itself has five character types: blue collar workers, white collar workers, cops, […] radicals, […] and […] rich people,” he says. “And I take those five classes and […] make scenarios out of them.” Otterness uses the “lost wax” process to cast his bronze figures, which range from monumental to palm-sized. He explores class, money, race, and sex in his works, putting these fraught topics into the public sphere to spark conversation.
American, b. 1952, Wichita, Kansas, based in New York, New York