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Joe Fafard

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While both Silvers, and Western Dancer are sculptures of horses, the difference in their size has an immediate impact on how they are interpreted. With Silvers, the smaller of the two sculptures, one is awed by it's realism, yet due to its size there is no doubt in one's mind that the animal is not alive. This allows the viewer to contemplate not only the artist's skill in manipulating bronze and the patina (the coloured coating) but to extend beyond shock and awe to a deeper consideration of this miniature reflection of reality. With Western Dancer, because of it's near to life size, the viewing becomes a shared experience as multiple individuals experience the work simultaneously. The experience of Western Dancer verses Silvers is therefore less intimate.