“Back to Life”
~ Kim McElroy
Like many of us I always loved the carousel. My introduction to the carousel was at Disneyland. I remember how much thought I put into choosing which horse to ride. Which one was inviting me to dance… which one looked the most alive….
In the hushed, dim room the wooden horses stood in patient rows. Rearing, stamping, but standing so still. Most were stripped of paint and in need of repair. Even though their glass eyes were dulled by age, I could still see the life in those beautiful horses. I fell in love with one horse in particular. The one I would have chosen to ride. I dreamt of a work of art that could pay tribute to their restoration. I did a lot of research to envision what the original Illions horse would have looked like, what colors and designs would have been painted. I even put in tiny details like the crackling on the gold leaf mane.
Like most things that require finesse, these fine details can only be seen in print and don’t come across on the internet. But I am grateful for this digital age that allows me to share these works with you…