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Leonardo da Vinci's Horse

Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
616-957-1580
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Ranked #5 of 36 Attractions in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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East Sussex UK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This sculpture in Frederick Meijer Garden is very popular. Along with the huge, full-sized sculpture, there is a brail one and two smaller one to touch. Many people have there pictures taken with this popular attraction.

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Seattle, Washington
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

If it isn't known, this is located within the Frederik Meijer Garden. There are only two of these in existence and one is in Italy so it's quite a treat to have the other in Grand Rapids. Kids and adults both like it though there isn't much to do aside from taking pictures with it. There are a few sketches... More

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Bartlett, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

It should be notes that this attraction is located within another attraction (the Frederick Meijer Garden). The Garden is worth 5 stars, while this is worth 3.5 or 4 stars. I rated this a 3 on it's own because the surrounding attractions are more appealing. We spent 30-60 minutes at other parts of the garden, while about 15 minutes here.

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is probably the main attraction in the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park-and for good reason. You will never see another horse sculpture on this scale and it is a beautiful horse, based on sketches by di Vinci.

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falmouth, maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

just breathtaking. I'm not into horses, sculpture or Da Vinci. I was wandering around FM garden and saw the sign for this and almost skipped it; figured I'd walk around and see it en route to a few other things. Took my breath away. Great history - apparently there's one in Milan that is identical. A must see.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Not to be missed at Meijer Gardens. The da Vinci horse is awesome! Great date site. Bring your camera. Also ahas a children's area. Great gift shop, too

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

No doubt the number one attraction at the gardens and sculpture park. Stunning work of art. One of only two in the world. Go and see it!

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Rockford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Frederick Meier commissioned a recasting of Leonardo's giant horse. The original was melted down to make cannon. The horse in Grand Rapids is one of two, the other is in Milan, Italy.

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