TWO BITS

 
This life-size horse logging sculpture was commissioned to celebrate the timber industry that put Bend on the map in the early 1900s. Brooks-Scanlon and Shevlin-Hixon were the mills facing each other across the Deschutes River competing for pine logs to make into lumber.

This sculpture is constructed of mostly antiques and found objects such as copper fire extinguisher, Singer sewing machine, McCullough chain saw, Misery whip cross cut saw, and Cushman Husky gas engine. The right horse is male and the other a female.  She’s multi-tasking with one ear on him and the other on the driver & log.  She’s talking-he’s quiet.  Her bridle has bling while his is plain.  She has a brain while he has a jackhammer to think with. She is straining more because he has a gas engine but over time he’ll likely run out of gas while she is still going strong! 

The viewer needs no assistance in interpreting the sculpture. Folks often like to know what inspired the artist though. 2 Corinthians 6:14 is part of it... Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  What partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? It makes about as much sense to plow with an ox and donkey as to marry someone that does not share the non-negotiables of your life.   If you have no non-negotiables your about as useful as unsalted cold mashed potatoes and no gravy. Fortunately Jean and I have been tracking on the important things for the last 40 years.

Another aspect worth sharing in my opinion comes from Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. For me this sculpture is the personification of biblical meekness. Modern culture defines meekness as wimpy, spineless, and a non-violent doormat. That misses the 1st century Christian definition by a country mile. The underlying Greek word describes the transformation from a wild, unruly, and useless animal into a teachable, trained, and quiet strength that operates magnificently under the proper authority of God. It is a picture of great power under control. What better illustration of this truth than two massive draft horses working well side by side?


INVENTORY of  ''TWO BITS''
(horse logging monument) - STUD • 86" H x 332" L

Cushman Husky 1.5 HP gas engine
Manual transmission
Antique Model A wheel & plow disk
Roller bearings
Gears & sprockets
Real bridle bit, collar hame, & horse shoe
Chain binder
Torsion spring
Rakes, potato forks, & saw blades
Hitch balls
Spoons
Garden hoe
Hay knife, baler knotter tine
Rakes, potato forks, & saw blades
Golf clubs (metal woods)
Shovels
Timing chain
Waterpump
Wrenches
Plow
Spring tooth harrow, mower swathboard shoe
Rototiller tines
Jackhammer
Scoop shovel
Single tree hooks
1923 Oregon license plate

Internal
Internal
Glutes
Cheeks
Brain
Expected locations
Front leg
Trachea (wind pipe)
Foot feathers
Eyes
Eyelids
Forehead
Tail
Foot feathers
You find them
Scapula (shoulder blades)
Internal
Internal
Legs
Groin
Mane
Forelock
Head
Pectorals
Nostrils
Internal

Commissioned Installation

Life-size

104" H x 138" L x 80" D • 1,030 lbs.

Farewell Bend Park
Bend, Oregon


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