Veryl Goodnight, NSS - Mare Jumping Down
- Edition: 6
- Size: 96'' x 144'' x 96''
Mare Jumping Down is one of the figures from what could arguably be called Veryl Goodnight’s most significant work: The Day the Wall Came Down, a monumental sculpture that honors the collapse of the Berlin Wall and features five free-running horses.
The Day the Wall Came Down took the artist nine years to create. There are only two monumental castings of the entire work: one in Germany at the Allied Museum in Berlin and one in the United States at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Goodnight modeled Mare Jumping Down with a thoroughbred mare. At the time, her studio featured a 12’ x 12’ model stage where she could sculpt directly from the live horse (and had rails to keep the horse from stepping down into the artist’s workspace).
You can read about Goodnight’s laborious process and the finished versions of The Day the Wall Came Down in the artist’s book, No Turning Back: The Art of Veryl Goodnight.