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Important Monumental Life-Size Bronze Sculpture of Polo Player William Behrends
One of the finest living American sculptors, William Behrends created and sculpted this spectacular over life-size bronze polo player. He created portrait work for the White House, State Capitol buildings in D.C and Tennessee, for the Houston Astrodome and has won many commissions for monuments across the US. For over a quarter of a century, nationally celebrated, William Behrends has created the iconic portraits on the Borg- Warner Trophy cup for the Indy 500 winners along with other commissions. He is a popular portraitist and has twice received the Richard portrait Prize by the National Sculpture Society in recognition of his expertise in evoking the character of his sitters in bronze, marble as well as terracotta. Mr. Behrends has sculpted life-size statues of the four great baseball legends Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Juan Marichal and Orlando Cepeda which reside at Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants (Giants/ AT&T ballpark). He also made baseball’s Tony Gwynn at Petco Park in San Diego, Buck O’Neill in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in Brooklyn. He has sculpted figures of golfers Ben Hogan in August, Georgia and Bobby Jones in Atlanta. The sculpture stands over life-size with a total height ~ 112" x 110" long x 36" deep. ( ~9' 3" x 9' 1'') (2 .84 meter ht x 2.79 meter long / ~284 cm ht x 279 cm L) The size of the base is 92" x 36" Six pieces were made plus three artist proofs. One smaller sculpture of a polo player by the same artist was photographed for the front cover of Forbes magazine with the CEO of Polo Ralph Lauren. Another polo player was part of the collection of Sylvester Stallone. The sculptor, Mr. Behrends is a keen sportsmen and a former polo player Polo. The combination of being an active participant as well as a skilled artist affords him great insight into the sport He is extremely aware of the ways in which a Polo player should look and feel on a horse. He understands the mannerism, body language and expression of the horse, the rider as well as the equipment used. It is not only the majesty of the piece, the tremendous scale and power but it is Mr. Behrends expertise in rendition which leads to success of the sculpture. A sculpture of this power and magnitude can be used in an entry foyer, in a hotel or lobby of a company or institution, on public grounds, as an ornament in a garden or patio, near a fountain, at a racing, sports or polo club, in an athlete’s home or mansion. We attached photos of the sculpture next to a car just for size comparison, so the scale and breadth of this magnificent and impressive sculpture can be visualized. The car is not for sale.
- CreatorWilliam Behrends (Sculptor)
- Of the Period
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacture1980
- Materials and Techniques
- WearWear consistent with age and use.
- DimensionsH 112 in. x W 110 in. x D 36 in.H 284.48 cm x W 279.4 cm x D 91.44 cm
- Seller LocationNew York City, NY
- Reference NumberLU901314570901
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