2015-4

The dust clouds under the horses hooves are carved wood.

The dust clouds under the horses hooves are carved wood.

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One of the things I like to do is visit small town museums.  Sometimes I find the most interesting exhibits.  At the museum in Aztec, NM, I found the Pecos West Cyclorama.  It is a hand carved display that weighs 3500 lbs and is 18 feet in diameter.  It rotates by use of a small electric motor so that it makes  a complete turn every 6.5 minutes.  The display has over 100 hand-carved symbols of life in the early era of the desert southwest.  There are people, birds, animals, plants, buildings, vehicles, clouds, mountains and much more.    MIXTOY - WIN_20150528_110947

The artist was born in Wisconsin and was a WWII veteran.  He moved to Sedona, AZ in 1951 and began carving the cyclorama.  It took almost 20 years to complete.  He used pine, redwood, burl, oak and aspen.  It has been moved from AZ to New Jersey then to Maryland and North Carolina before finding a permanent home in the four corners area.  Click on any picture to enlarge it.MIXTOY - WIN_20150528_104449MIXTOY - WIN_20150528_110657

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