"Grandma, what are
all the angel horses doing here?" asked the 6-year-old granddaughter of a Dare
County Arts Council board member.
I smiled as I thought of the girls choice of
words: angel horses. Indeed, they are angel horses. When we embarked upon
hosting the Winged Horse Extravaganza, we had no idea how many lives this
public art project would touch. And we couldnt have dreamed how many
stories, acquaintances and new friends would spring from this endeavor.
"But is it art?" grumble some who take an
"ad"-versarial stance toward promoting anyones business or cause with a
decorated fiberglass horse. No, its not mainstream art, and that leads us
to an age-old debate of what, exactly, is art. Ill leave you to draw your
own conclusions, but for me, if one of our horses brings a smile to
someones face, if it conjures up images of pirates and treasure hunts, if
it makes you wonder just how it could ever fly with its disproportionate wings,
if it makes you want to go create something with your own mind and hands, or if
it makes a 6-year-old child think of angels, then it is art.
Our "angel horses" are here to accomplish a variety of
tasks: they represent our communitys pride in the Wright brothers
achievements; they symbolize profound individual sentiments of their sponsors
and artists; they entertain locals and visitors; and theyre here to raise
funds for a number of worthwhile charities. Most important, theyre here
to spark conversations and to celebrate the limitless potential of imagination
With this issue, I wish you desire desire to
question, to create, and to make a difference.
Linda L. Lauby,
Photos by Gayle