February 18, 2014
||© George G. Chiodo
The Lely Freedom Horses #3
After riding around the Eagle Lakes Community Park on February 18, 2014, I rode along Route 41 on the bike path and into the entrance to the Lely Resort.
The Lely Resort is a massive sprawling housing community a few miles outside of Naples, FL.
Within this resort are two 18-hole golf courses. I lost track of how many miles of bike riding I did in this development.
However, the signature mark of Lely are the Freedom Horses that you pass as you enter the impressive drive leading into the housing areas.
From the Internet:
The Story of the Lely Freedom Horses
The Lely Freedom Horse Monument represents the very best in cultural achievement by combining the talents of several world-class artisans.
Veryl Goodnight was selected from a field of fifty sculptors to design the bronze life-and-a-quarter size horses.
Her talents were combined with those of the Larson Company of Tucson, Arizona who designed and fabricated the Florida limestone caprock water feature.
The entire process of consultant selection, design, fabrication and installation took three years and involved the skills of over twenty companies.
First came hundred of sketches, then a six-inch high study, and finally a fully developed, ¼ lifesize working model.
The culmination of thousands of hours of creativity and hard work is the larger-than-life monument at the Lely Resort entrance.
“The horse has been used by artists throughout the centuries to symbolize strength, power and freedom,” said Veryl Goodnight.
Horse models were brought into Veryl’s studio. In fact, the stallion model was Robert Redford’s favorite “Rising Star,” the horse he rode in the movie “The Electric Horseman.”
The horses were fabricated in the Valley Bronze Foundry in Joseph, Oregon and are constructed of bronze weighing approximately 1 ton each.
The fountain was fabricated of fiberglass reinforced concrete panels, carefully assembled to replicate indigenous Florida limestone.
A highly specialized pumping and ozone purification system operates the patented hoof water jets and is accented by a fog mist system that comes on in early morning and early evening hours.
Dedication of the Lely Freedom Horses took place on Saturday, July 24, 1992. In late 2005 and early 2006 they also underwent a complete $1M building project.
he original Freedom Horses will be joined, in the summer of 2006, with three additional horses to be built at the Lely entrance off of Route 951.
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