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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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Huge, impressive statue at Frederick Meijer Gardens

there is quite an interesting history behind this horse sculpture. The Meijer family deserves a lot of credit for putting this in the Gardens so many people can visit it. You... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

there is quite an interesting history behind this horse sculpture. The Meijer family deserves a lot of credit for putting this in the Gardens so many people can visit it. You can walk right up to it and all around. You can also take a tram ride that stops for a minute or two so you can see it.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We have been to Meijer Gardens several times and, weather permitting, we always visit the big horse. It is massive and extremely well done. Artistically speaking, it a big freakin' horse. Although we did not meet this Da Vinci guy, we understand he has some other nice pieces around the world. He even has some pieces in italy - 😃.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I have to hand it to the Meijer Foundation for bringing this to our area it is truly a great addition to our area, if it is not all the artwork, it has to be the fabulous horse statue. This place really is unique, unlike any in all the area.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

It's a big metal casting of a horse. A nice casting of what I assume was a nice horse, but still... I just can't summon up any enthusiasm for it. The Meijer Gardens, where the horse is located is, however, quite nice.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I have now seen two of the three monumental casts of this piece...this one and the one in Milano. What could not be achieved in Leonardo's time has, thanks to late-20th century technology, now been realized. Standing at 24' high, it's a breathtaking rendering of equine perfection cast in bronze! If you see nothing else at Meijer Gardens you cannot... More 

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Detroit, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Wasn't a big fan of the butterfly house because of the line and the temp. Otherwise, wonderful display and great place for children and adults.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is an impressive sculpture. It's story is interesting too. The easiest way to see it and learn about it is to take a ride on the Meijer Gardens tram.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

So cool! The sculpture is gigantic and you can walk right up to it and take photos!! There is only one more like it in Italy!!!

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

impressively huge da Vinci horse. a masterpiece that is found in the Meijer Gardens. Can't grasp the magnitude of the horse until you are next to it and feel like such a dwarf compared to it.

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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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