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Leonardo da Vinci's Horse

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Address: Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone Number: 616-957-1580
Description: The Renaissance man’s plans to sculpt a 24-foot bronze horse were never...
The Renaissance man’s plans to sculpt a 24-foot bronze horse were never realized until an American sculptor created two models based on da Vinci’s drawings, one of which graces the Frederik Meijer Gardens.
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The BIG horse

The da Vinci horse has never failed to wow my out-of- town guests. It's amazing. Standing by one of the front hooves will blow one's mind at the sculpturing detail.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The da Vinci horse has never failed to wow my out-of- town guests. It's amazing. Standing by one of the front hooves will blow one's mind at the sculpturing detail.

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Sparta, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I take my 4th graders to Meijer Gardens and we always have to see the horse. So many of them don't believe me when I tell them how huge and majestic it is. You really have to see it to believe it. It's quite amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

In Grand Rapids? Yes, and more. Be awed by Da Vinci's mastery and enjoy one of the rare treasure of Meijer Gardens. Probably the best place to take a significant selfie in GR.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

A beautiful installation at Meijer Gardens, it stands strong and graceful with the background of blue sky.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 via mobile

Was visiting the gardens with local friends who said I had to see "the horse." Wow! It was huge. And magnificent! And impressive.

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Salt Lake City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This was the highlight of touring the gardens for me, as well as the friends i was traveling with. We visited right at opening on a Friday morning and basically had the grounds to ourselves for a small moment which was great because it offered us a moment to enjoy this sculpture with no one else around.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

This was the highlight of the Frederick Meier Sculpture Gardens...and not just because it was the biggest.

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

You could spend many hours here. Beautiful place, landscape and the art. I would suggest checking it out. The Leonardo da Vinci's Horse was my favorite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Okay, we're not art buffs. We came to the Frederik Meijer gardens more as garden lovers than art lovers, and saw mention of a horse sculpture. Then as we walked around the garden and cleared a stand of trees, there was this incredible, beautiful, MASSIVE horse in front of us! We just stopped and stared. To be able to get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I love the story behind making the horse a reality. I experienced the instillation of the horse, and the unveiling, and it was quite an experience. Fried Meijer even drop in one of his purple cow ice cream coupons that is was known to give away. So inspiring, that I even visited the twin horse in Milan Italy, but the... More 

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