Sunday, September 7, 2014 -- Iron Horse Sculpture in Cheyenne Wyoming -- Best Viewed in 3X
Created by Colorado sculpture artist Lyle Nichols, this unique sculpture has quite a story.
This sculpture, called the ‘Iron Horse’ and was placed on permanent display in downtown Cheyenne, WY in 2009.
According to the artist, the idea was to dedicate this sculpture to the railroad workers of Wyoming and Cheyenne, hence the name the 'Iron Horse,' and it's made of old tools and discarded iron artifacts, mostly from railroads.
Nichols found all of the materials for the sculpture in dumpsters & scrap piles in & near the Cheyenne railroad yards. Those parts include an old license plate, a can opener, washers from train wheels, and wrenches. It’s truly amazing as to the intricacy and the number of pieces that have gone into this sculpture.
A wire frame is used as a base to weld metal pieces. Each piece is a rusted tool or metal part that is fitted to begin construction of the sculpture. A close up shows interesting pieces such as a Wyoming license plate, burro's shoe, a bull nose, leather punch, Coors can opener (probably not a railroad part), Fuller crescent wrench, wheel bearing and large horse shoe.
Look closely (view this in original size) and you'll find a butterfly spindle from an old coal burning stove with the date of 1915 stamped on it, triangular lock washers from train wheels, old John Deere wrenches, a hand forged hook probably made 100 years ago, iron climbing step from a train car, pipe wrenches, various size padlocks and cabinet locks, a cheese grater, old barn door hinges and small screws, washers and pins are used to fill in holes. You could spend hours looking at all the different things that went into this horse – not to mention the old Wyoming license plate on the horse’s rear hip.
A different view/perspective of the Iron Horse available here http://smu.gs/1pbtaFb and here http://smu.gs/1pO921e
Some interesting information from the artist himself here -- http://lylenichols.com/the-studio.html