Bleu Horses of Three Forks Montana
I love when we find some random, awesome something. And this definitely fits that.
When we drove to the lake to boondock last week, we passed this hillside with some horses on it. As we got closer, we realized they were sculptures, and not real horses. Of course, when we are pulling the house turning around or stopping is often impossible. When we left the lake, and headed to Three Forks to the RV park, we passed them again. We realized they were very close to were we would be staying, so we went back the next day when we could just drive the truck. Prior to going, I did a quick internet search to see if there was any information about the sculpture herd.
Jim Dolan is the sculptor who created this herd of 39 steel horses. Jim is a resident of Bozeman, and has been a sculptor for many years. He had the idea of creating the horses, as a gift to Montana, but ran into difficulty finding a piece of land for the herd. He stopped in Wheat Montana one day and began talking to the owner. (By the way…if you find yourself in this part of Montana, GO to Wheat Montana) The owner agreed right then and there that Jim’s herd needed to be on a hillside that Wheat Montana owned. It’s next to Highway 287, so very visible for lots of traffic.
They were so fun to see and photograph. Their manes and tails are created from sisal rope, so they blow around if there is a breeze. The horses are full size, and some have movable heads and necks. Everyone of them is different, and has it’s own personality.
I took a lot of photos, you know me, why take 3 photos when you can take 50. Plus, who knows if we will come this way again.
This gives you an idea how big they are.
And they are so funky, I needed to do at least one photo with a funky edit, and texture.
We went back Tuesday evening because I wanted some shots with the sun going down,and there were cool clouds too. That evening there was a nice breeze, the manes were flowing, and the heads that were made to move, were moving. It was awesome.
More information, and photos can be found at the website, Bleu Horses of Montana. I would like to thank Jim Dolan for his gift of art. I hope that a lot of people take the time to stop and appreciate the gift, and admire the artwork.