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Horse made of driftwood and bronze, Nevada Museum of Art, image
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Artist Deborah Butterfield constructed a horse using wood, then cast it in bronze.

You won’t find a splinter of wood in Deborah Butterfield’s Hawaii (Big Island). For this life-size mare, the Montana artist gathered weathered branches from lava flows near Kilauea in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, then had them cast in bronze and patinated to resemble the raw material. The 1.2-ton piece joins 13 more of her horses at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, through September 23. (775) 329-3333,


Photography courtesy Deborah Butterfield


This article was first published in July 2007. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.