Latest downtown art is a horse, of course, embedded in its pedestal

March 07, 1991

The latest addition to downtown public art is a work with a twist on traditional art: a sculpture that's in its pedestal, not on it.

On the east side of Lexington Street at Liberty, in front of the entrance to the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, is New York artist Jeffrey Schiff's bronze horse embedded chest-high in its own granite and concrete pedestal. Its head, neck, front legs and upper body show. The rest is buried in white concrete, surrounded on three sides by pink granite. This is the first part of the sculpture, which is planned to include several granite columns in the future.

According to a Downtown Partnership statement, the as-yet-unnamed sculpture represents a more democratic version of the horse than is seen in the typical equestrian statue, which is raised above the viewer on a pedestal. By putting the horse on the ground, the artist intended the sculpture to become "accessible to all people."

The sculpture is one of five public art pieces commissioned under the former Market Center Development Corporation's public art program. Others include Linda DePalma's "Redwood Arch" at Redwood between Paca and Eutaw Streets, and Bob Hieronimus' "E Pluribus Unum" at the Lexington Market.

The new sculpture was originally to include elements on the west side of Liberty Street and in the street bed, but lack of funds forced reduction of the design.

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