University Museums

Title: Horse Head from The Shoulders of Giants
Name: Maquette
Date: 1997
Medium: Low fired clay with oxides and light glaze
Dimensions: 15 x 22 x 9 1/2 in. (38.1 x 55.9 x 24.1 cm)
Marks: Etching on side of head
Classification: Art on Campus Preparatory Studies and Maquettes
Credit Line: Commissioned by the Parks Library and University Museums Acquisition Fund. In the Art on Campus Preparatory Studies and Maquette Collection, Christian Petersen Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM98.29
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This Horse Head is a model study for the sculpture "The Shoulders of Giants" located in Parks Library. This sculpture is inspired by the horses depicted in the Grant Wood designed mural, Breaking the Sod, and is analogous to a teaching and learning situation. This theme of mentoring is demonstrated by a team of Percheron draft horses. The older experienced horse is teaching the younger horse to work in harness. The title of the sculpture is derived from the quotation, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Sir Isaac Newton, 1675/1676.