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Help bring the horse home. We're moving Wayne's 40-ton sculpture from his workshop in St. Lawrence to the park near Sioux Falls.
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We need a little Horse Power from you!

I told my family I'd stop building 60 foot tall metal sculptures for the park but I just couldn't help myself. After I built the Bull's Head 15 years ago I decided it was time to add a big, bold new piece to the Porter Sculpture Park. My albino dog Bambino really wanted the company. So I've created a 50 foot tall, 40 ton horse sculpture that needs to travel 3 hours from the small blacksmith shop where I weld in St. Lawrence, SD to the Porter Sculpture Park in Montrose, SD just outside Sioux Falls.

My initial idea for how to move the horse was to get on the TV show "Shipping Wars" however, the horse took too long to build and the show went off the air. That's why I’m gonna need a little Horse Power from fans like you!

Oh, and be sure to check out the very special reward options I’ve prepared for anyone who pitches in to help make this happen.

The Giant Horse and Wayne
The Giant Horse and Wayne

Moving Details:

The horse is about 40 feet high and 60 feet long. The entire sculpture weighs about 35 tons. The head and body will be about 22 feet wide and weigh about 25 tons, and the legs will be about 16 feet wide and weigh about 10 tons.

Concrete Pad: We will need to pour two concrete pads onsite at the park where the horse will be displayed, both 8ft wide x 12ft long x 12” thick, with a 1” rebar grid. We will also need to attach a stainless steel metal plate to each slab, where we will weld the horse in place by its feet.

I-Beams: We need I-Beams for moving. The I-Beams and railroad ties will be used to support the head during the move. We will use log chains to secure the sculpture to the trailer.

Moving the Horse to Montrose: The sculpture will be shipped in 3 pieces. The head and body will be in one section. The legs will be a second section. The tail will be the third section and will be shipped on a small trailer. The move will take two days. The crane will arrive from Sioux Falls on the first day and remove the body section from the legs section. One the second day the two Semi-Trailers will arrive and the crane will put the two sections onto the separate flatbed trailers. Another small flatbed trailer will be used to move the horse tail. Once the horse sections are on the trailers, they will be driven to Montrose SD. The trucks will be driving very slowly, it could take 4 or 5 hours.

Reassembling the Horse: We will use the crane to reassemble the horse again once we reach the park. We will need to get a torch and cut all of the shipping I-Beams off of the sculpture, then weld the horse legs to the concrete slabs and weld the two horse sections together. We need your help getting the horse home!

The Horse at the very beginning
The Horse at the very beginning
The Horse in Progress
The Horse in Progress
We need your help getting the horse home!
Goldfish Bowl
Goldfish Bowl
 
Artist-Made Pheasant Reward
Artist-Made Pheasant Reward
 
Dragon
Dragon
 
Exclusive Designed TShirt
Exclusive Designed TShirt

Exclusive Tote Bag
Exclusive Tote Bag

Park visitors surfing on Goldfish!
Park visitors surfing on Goldfish!
Wayne moving the Bull's Head 18 years ago
Wayne moving the Bull's Head 18 years ago

 VIDEO was created by the one and only DJANGO GREENBLATT-SEAY! Check out his other work. It's awesome. 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge will be making sure the engineering is all in order to transport such a large item. However, I’ve already done this process before when we first moved our marquis sculpture, the giant Bull's Head, using the same route from blacksmith shop to the park 15 years ago, so we’re confident we can get transport a sculpture like this successfully -- if we get enough backers.

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    Name on Porter Park Website

    Get your name as a personal thank you on the portersculpturepark.com website!

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    Giant Horse Magnet

    Keep all of your reminders on the Giant Horse Magnet!

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    Giant Horse Tote Bag

    A trendy and well-designed tote bag to travel to the park with!

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    I Moved the Horse TShirt

    Make a statement with this originally designed Horse T-Shirt. This one-of-a-kind shirt will be EXCLUSIVE to this campaign!

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    Giant Horse Print Mug

    Every morning drink your coffee from a giant horse sculpture park mug!

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    Personal Park tour with Wayne

    Get to know the artist personally and walk with him to learn details about the art! Wayne and his dog Bambino will lead you through the art park.

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    Camping out at the Porter Sculpture Park

    Join Wayne and stay under the stars at the Porter Sculpture Park! Get a personal tour and spend time with the artist and his dog, Bambino. Come for a weekend of your choosing!

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    Artist Made South Dakota Pheasant

    Get a unique, handmade metal sculpture by Wayne, the Artist himself! The pheasant is about 1 foot tall and 1 foot wide approximately. It weighs roughly 10-15 pounds and comes in various colors! Ships to lower 48 United States.

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    Name the Horse!

    Name the Horse and get a plaque with the name + your name at the sculpture park by the horse! Unique opportunity.

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    Artist Made Giant Goldfish

    Want a giant goldfish in your yard? Now is your chance! Wayne will make you a giant goldfish like the ones at the park. These are very large about 4 feet long.

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