Living Skeletons


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Think back to your high school health class days. Remember seeing that human skeleton in the corner, and remember having to learn all 206 bones that make up said skeleton? Yeah … me too. But not many of us have seen full-scale horse skeletons, unless you took any veterinary classes in college. So imagine your surprise when you enter a museum and walk under a rearing horse skeleton. Is it Halloween? No, just curators of an equine exhibit have simply gone all out.

There is a cool exhibit that bears a name pretty familiar with our followers that has made a stop here in Lexington, Ky. The exhibit–titled The Horse–is on display at the Kentucky Horse Park’s International Museum of the Horse until April 6, 2012.

Artist Walter Varcoe poses the 205 bones of each equine skeleton in the exhibit to tell a story. The rearing horse mentioned above reflects the story of Alexander the Great taming the rogue stallion Bucephalus. It makes me wonder how Varcoe has the mind to look at a pile of bones and think, “I want to tell this story with this horse.”

“I find horses just beautiful,” Varcoe told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “And (seeing their skeletons) impresses me even more that they can do what they do

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