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"Deborah Butterfield Horse Sculptures, Portland International Airport, Portland, Oregon"
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Image, 2006, Deborah Butterfield horse sculptures, Portland International Airport, click to enlarge
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Deborah Butterfield horse sculptures, Portland International Airport. View from moving car, rainy day. Image taken October 23, 2006.

Sculpture on the left is "Lyon", created in 1995, cast bronze, 91 x 112 x 30 inches. Scupture on the right is "Princess Pine", created in 1995, cast bronze, 83 x 104 x 29 inches.
[Robert Gordon, 2003, Deborah Butterfield, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers]


Deborah Butterfield Horse Sculptures ...
In 1995 the Portland International Airport commissioned Deborah Butterfield for an exhibit of her horse sculptures for which were placed along the drive as one leaves the airport.
"... Butterfield developed her faux-wood approach at the Walla Walla Foundry in Eastern Washington because her early stick-and-mud horses had deteriorated -- distressing art collectors. The wood shrank, wires loosened, dirt disintegrated and bugs attacked. Tiring of a secondary "veterinary art restorer" career, she sought permanence for her ephemeral sculptures. In the labor-intensive solution she documents and disassembles her wood horses, makes a mold for every stick, burns out the wood and pours in molten bronze. After reassembly, patinas restore nature's hues. ..."

"... Butterfield sculpts the original piece by piece by fastening logs, branches, sticks, planks, and boards onto an armature that gives the basic posture of the particular horse. After fashioning the horse out of wood and organic material, the piece is photographed from all sides and angles, particularly the areas where individual pieces are joined. These photos are used to reconstruct the various elements after casting. ..."

[Judy Wagonfeld, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ART REVIEW, Friday, July 22, 2005, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington, Website, 2006]

Image, 2006, Deborah Butterfield horse sculptures, Portland International Airport, click to enlarge
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Deborah Butterfield horse sculptures, Portland International Airport. View from moving car, rainy day. Image taken October 23, 2006.
Image, 2006, Deborah Butterfield horse sculptures, Portland International Airport, click to enlarge
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Deborah Butterfield horse sculpture, "Lyon", Portland International Airport. View from moving car. Image taken December 2, 2006.
Image, 2006, Deborah Butterfield horse sculpture, Portland International Airport, click to enlarge
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Deborah Butterfield horse sculpture, Portland International Airport. View from moving car, rainy day. Image taken October 23, 2006.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    Gordon, Gordon, 2003, Deborah Butterfield, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers;    Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington, website, 2006;   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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