Horseland by Hrvoje Dumancic
Carefully bringing together art and nature, Hrvoje Dumancic (1975), a prominent Croatian sculptor born and based in Zagreb, created a series of works entitled Horseland. Each piece renders the image of a horse, a key figure of Dumancic's world. An iconic creature that historically connects humans and nature, it is treated by Dumancic in a highly personal, even intimate way.
A professional rider and a devoted horselover since his childhood, Dumancic is quite far from seeing horses as animalistic symbols of power and pride, but rather reveals what can be called an in nite soul of a horse, which is as sensitive and as fragile as a soul of a man. This personal philosophy lies behind each and every element of Horseland.
Breaking away from the standards of post industrial production of art and just with the conditions of the high-tech and fast-paced world, Dumancic creates Horseland in an authentic way, using only natural materials and following the forgotten traditions of classic, timeless masters. Each piece of Horseland is hand made in Dumancic's studio in Zagreb, as if the artist animates every sculpture not only by his own energy and emotions, but also by the energy of the place where he lives, works and, last but not least, takes care of his horse Etoile.