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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

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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North Carolina
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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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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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