Thursday, December 1, 2011

"Burbank" The Hollywood Horse

In trying to find a title for this piece i googled "famous horse names" and came up with several I liked:
  • Mingo 
  • Fancy Pants
  • and Burbank
The "Mingo" people were part of the Iroquois group of Native Americans. The word "Mingo" is better recognized as the name of Daniel Boone's best friend from the 1960's TV series "Daniel Boone," where Mingo was a half-Cherokee, highly educated graduate of Oxford University and Daniel's constant companion. I thought this would be a good name for a trusty trail horse.

"Fancy Pants" is the title of a movie with Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, there was a horse named Peaceful but I like the film title better.

"Burbank" - This was the name of Danny Glover's cat in the 1987 movie "Lethal Weapon." It's also a good horse name for a horse that acts like a star.

I chose Burbank, the Hollywood Horse because this horse is definitely a 'star'.

In my typical style, I took a small wooden horse and first covered it in various papers and tissues. I applied a very long black zipper to the front legs of the horse (i think this is my favorite thing on this piece, next to the shoes)
btw: The reason the shoes on the hind legs don't match is because I used the mates on an earlier piece I made titled "Old Friends".

Click on the images to take a closer look, it is very fun to see all the bits, baubles and bling this little guy has collected along the way.

UPDATE:  Meet Janis, Burbank's new BFF!  (8/12)


  1. le cheval pour noël.. qui brille de mille feux..

  2. The zipper is cool, but I do love the shoes, all the shoes...

  3. The first thing I noticed were the shoes. They are so, so funny. This is one super horse. I'm glad you explained the name, because when I saw the title on my sidebar, I thought you had named it for the Burbank flea market. Yes, my thoughts are of California.

    Love this piece.

  4. I think you picked the proper name for him Rebecca! He's stunning and a real show horse for sure. Excellent work and bravo!!

  5. That is something--I like the hair you chose for him, too.

  6. He sure does live up to his name-I am in love! I am hosting my first ever link party this weekend and I would love it if you popped over to link up some of your cutie stuff!

    Thanks, Kim

  7. Thank you so much for linking up Burbank at Get Schooled Saturday. We will be open for business again Friday night-Sunday night!
    Kim @ Too Much Time

  8. I agree...he certainly is a star! What fun this must have been to put together!!

  9. I'm sitting at my computer clapping I was so delighted by Burbank!

  10. I could see Burbank finding his way into some NYC gallery along with some of your other works.

  11. I could see Burbank finding his way into some NYC gallery along with some of your other works.

  12. The feet add so much humor to the piece. Burbank the Hollywood Horse is the prefect name.