Wood Sculpture Gallery One
In Wisconsin, wood has always been plentiful. As a small child, Harry Whitehorse's uncles passed on to him the craft of wood carving. He was taught to fashion useful items that have been a mainstay for Ho Chunk people for countless generations. From the ash tree, he carved bows and arrows. Basswood proved useful for common eating utensils like spoons and bowls. As an adult, Harry returned to the medium of his youth when the demands of pounding out metal sculptures became too exhausting. His wood sculptures are not coarse "chain-saw" art, rather they are executed with an eye towards fine detail and polish. Most of the trees are cherished by their community tell a story about where the tree originally grew.
 

Effigy Tree
Dedication Date:
May 19, 1991
Medium: Lightening Struck Hackberry Tree Dimensions: 13’ Tall Unique Edition
Site: Hudson Park, Madison, WI
 

Effigy Tree
The sculpture is carved from a lightening-struck hackberry tree and stands among ancient effigy mounds as a testimony to the enduring ways of the Ho-Chunk people.
 

Effigy Tree
The Four Lakes area of Wisconsin, known always as DeJope to the Hochunk people, had the highest concentration of effigy mounds in the world. Sadly,relatively few remain.


Effigy Tree
Harry Whitehorse remembers "my mother told us that the mounds were built by our ancestors, the ancient ones. We were always taught to respect the mounds and not damage them in any way
 

Clan Pole For Freiburg, Germany
Commission Date:
July 1994
Medium:
Wisconsin Walnut
Dimensions: 40" Tall Unique Edition
Installed at the Freiburg City Hall, Freiburg, Germany

 

Clan Pole for Freiburg, Germany
"Clan Pole" was commissioned by the City of Madison, Wisconsin as a gift to their sister city of Freiburg, Germany. Birds, animals, and plants native to Wisconsin-a recurrent theme in Harry’s work- surround the clan pole.
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