During the 16 years Leonardo da Vinci worked on his plans for the Sforza Monument, he made numerous small sketches of horses to help illustrate his copious notes on the complex technological procedures for molding and casting the monument in bronze. None of the existing drawings reveal the final position of the Horse or the appearance of the finished monument. However, experts suggest that enough studies remain to provide evidence of Leonardo’s intentions.

I relied on several sources of relevant information to gain more insight into the sculpture’s possible position, proportion and aesthetic character. Leonardo’s drawings and notes for the Sforza and Trivulzio monuments were used, as well as his writings on anatomy, painting, sculpture and natural phenomena. Discussions with experts, colleagues and writings of scholars in the field were respectfully considered.

The complex artistic challenges of creating the eight foot master model involved an understanding and sculptural translation of design, structure, anatomy, character and movement combined with grace and harmony. The sculpture which I created for the Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse, Inc. pays homage to the creative genius of Leonardo. It is not intended to be a recreation of his sculpture.

During the three years of my involvement with this project, I have been deeply inspired by the richness of information encountered in my investigations. Moreover, the profound dedication and tenacious creative efforts of those who have supported this twenty year vision of Charles Dent have also been an inspiration and have strengthened my resolve to help in fulfilling his dream.

Perhaps Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse can be seen as a symbol for the power and momentum of creative energy and a vision which is directed and focused on a distant goal. The Horse’s awesome size stands as a testament to the magnitude of Leonardo’s colossal creation. This gift to Italy may be viewed as a metaphor for the immense genius of Leonardo, a paragon of creativity, and the epoch in which he lived, the Renaissance.

Nina Akamu

© Nina Akamu 2016