Sun King 2013

‘Capture the Sun
Rein a golden horse
Light a gilded spirit
Galloping with Fire’
‘Sun King’ poem by Christian Furr

24ct Gold Electroplated Horse statue
Fitted onto a stepped acrylic & hand painted wooden base
Outlined in murano neon under a vintage glass dome
Edition of 3 – 350mm x 200mm

“One might compare the relation of the ego to the id with that between a rider and his horse. The horse provides the locomotor energy, and the rider has the prerogative of determining the goal and of guiding the movements of his powerful mount towards it. But all too often in the relations between the ego and the id we find a picture of the less ideal situation in which the rider is obliged to guide his horse in the direction in which it itself wants to go.”
(Sigmund Freud, 1933, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis)

Everybody needs something to believe in. They used to worship the sun. The sun is God. The artists wanted to create their own icon. The clear glass dome helps capture the spirit of the pure neon light, in reflections and refractions. In Indian culture the cow is sacred. Here they make the horse sacred. The horse can symbolise personal drive, passion and appetite for freedom. In Feng Shui the horse brings the energy of success, fame, freedom and speed and fortune.

Art is an impulse. Uncontrollable and necessary. Cultures need shamens and visionaries to lead the way. To reveal the future through their own visions. The artists have created a rare icon that symbolizes art itself. A Mayan temple – A solar deity to creativitiy.