Wonder Horse

1984 · Spiral-bound notebook, 9” x 12”, 44 pages, paperboard covers, with tipped-in photographs

The Wonder Horse Project is a photographic story of the journey of several plastic Wonder Horses, a popular children’s toy in the 1950s and 1960s, from the artist’s Minneapolis loft to Ucross, Wyoming. Along the way, Wonder Horse encounters dinosaurs, live horses and cows, big game hunters, roadside attractions, and the vast vista of the open prairies. While the main Wonder Horse retains his original painting, complete with saddle, some of the horses are re-painted and decorated. Several snapshots from the artist's childhood are included. Text at the beginning and end of the book tell the story of how the first Wonder Horse was found, and how the horses carry the mythology of the American West.