Wood Sculpture Gallery Two
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.
 

Clan Pole
Commission Date:
July 1994
Medium:
Wisconsin Walnut
Dimensions: 40" Tall Unique Edition


 

Clan Pole
Installed at the Freiburg City Hall, Freiburg, Germany, "Clan Pole" was commissioned by the City of Madison, Wisconsin as a gift to their sister city of Freiburg, Germany.

 

Clan Pole
Birds, animals, and plants native to Wisconsin-
a recurrent theme in Harry's work-
surround the clan pole.



Second Wind
Medium: Burr Oak Tree Dimensions: 9' 6" tall Unique Edition Completion Date:
Fall 1999 Commissioned by the Village of Sauk City, Wi. Installed at the Sauk City Village Hall.

 

Second Wind
Once part of an historic oak grove in Sauk City, Wisconsin, this tree was upended during a 1998 spring storm. The village of Sauk City commissioned Harry Whitehorse to turn their loss into a sculpture that would represent the past, present, and future of the Sauk City area.


 

Second Wind
The man represents the continuous Ho-Chunk presence in the Sauk City area. Tthe buffalo skull represents the hope for a future when buffalo can once again graze upon Sauk Prairie's nearby prairie. The eagle is an important symbol to the Ho-Chunk people and it also signifies the fact that Sauk City is a well-known spot for eagles to spend their winters.


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