Below are some photos of "The Equestrian" by sculpture John Houser. Following the PBS Point of View's "The Last Conquistador" program which aired Tuesday evening on the controversy surrounding the world's largest equestrian sculpture in the world, I found myself at the foot of this enormous art piece after taking neighbor's to the airport to catch a flight just after dawn.
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In the mid '90s, sculptor John Houser and I had a five word conversation. (His gigantic equestrian was just an idea conceived as a tribute to controversial conquistador "Don Juan de Onate.")
The occasion was a reception at an art exhibit here in El Paso. Standing in front of my painting I'd entered in the exhibition, Houser asked: "Did you under paint it?"
"No." was my response.
I believe most things happen by chance. But sometimes I suspect there's more than mere coincidence in play. Like being at the base of Houser's sculpture this morning following last night's PBS program. Gazing up at the incredible detail, I was wishing my conversation with Houser had been more than just five words.