Sculpture: Crazy Horse Rides The Brave Line

Sculpture: Crazy Horse Rides The Brave Line

Sculpture: Crazy Horse Rides The Brave Line Story

When I make art I want to tell a story, I will do a small study in clay to work out my design. And as a result, this is a small study of my next. Sculpture: CRAZY HORSE RIDES THE BRAVE LINE.

Crazy Horse the great Sioux warrior was known to be fearless and ride the brave line. During battle, he would ride his horse at a fast gallop. In front of the enemy’s lines to bring courage to his fellow warriors and to draw the fire of his enemies. This would make his enemies empty their guns and bows.  Once they stopped to reload their weapons. His warriors would attack. I have also used an inverted triangle as the base and will sculpt a relief of his vision in the base. The inverted triangle of the base represents the heart, strength, mind & spirit.

Sculpture: Crazy Horse Rides The Brave Line

Background of Sculpture: Crazy Horse Rides The Brave Line

Sculpture: Crazy Horse when he was a young man went on a vision quest. In his vision, a warrior on a horse rode out of a lake and the horse seemed to float and dance throughout the vision. The horse and rider kept moving toward him. They seemed to be surrounded by a shadowy enemy. Arrows and bullets were streaking toward the long-haired rider. But fell away without touching him. He wore simple clothing. No face paint, his hair down with just a feather in it, and a small brownstone behind his ear.

Bullets and arrows flew around him as he charged forward. But neither he nor his horse was hit. A thunderstorm with hail came over the warrior. His people grabbed hold of his arms trying to hold him back. The warrior broke their hold and then lightning struck him, leaving a lightning symbol on his cheek, and white marks of hailstones appeared on his body.

The warrior told him that as long he dressed modestly, his tribesmen did not touch him, and he did not take scalps or war trophies, he would not be harmed in battle. As the vision ended, a red-tailed hawk shrieked off in the distance. The lightning bolt on his cheek and the hailstones on his body and the single feather of the red-tailed hawk in his hair were to become his medicine and war paint. When Crazy Horse followed his vision, he would be fearless and unharmed in battle.