Help us solve this mystery about the sculpture horse at former Sunset headquarters

by Linda Hubbard on May 22, 2017

Update: Wouldn’t you know that this mystery was solved, at least in part, just 30 minutes after this was posted. We heard from InMenlo copy editor Pat Guyer, who should know about sculptors given that she’s married to sculptor Terry Guyer. Pat emailed: “That horse is by Deborah Butterfield. She has one at the Cantor. She is great. Who put it there I don’t know but it couldn’t have been cheap.”

This we know: the horse made of sculpted wood appeared first at the corner of Willow and Middlefield roads after Sunset vacated its two headquarter buildings in Menlo Park. Who put it there, why it is there, and the name of the artist who sculpted it, we do not know. Maybe one of our InMenlo readers has the scoop.

These days it’s surrounded by a blaze of spring poppies. InMenlo contributing photographer Frances Freyberg captured the horse from a couple of different angles when out for a walk.



pat guyer May 22, 2017 at 11:50 am

It’s a Deborah Butterfield.

Jeanne Heiss May 23, 2017 at 11:14 am

I haven’t checked this one, but while the one at the Cantor looks like it is made of wood, it is actually bronze. Butterfield often casts her horses in bronze. She collects drift wood, makes molds of the various pieces, and then casts the piece in bronze, with a special finish that makes it fool our eyes into thinking it is wood. Some of the life size ones are wood, while others only look like wood, and are actually bronze, a more permanent material.

Andy May 23, 2017 at 4:59 pm

These sculptures look like wood, but are cast bronze.

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