Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sculptures of Springfield: Horton Court

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Horton Court
Springfield, MA
Topic: Sculptures of Springfield

GPS: N42° 06.224; W072° 35.137

Quick Description: 

The Horton Court is the largest sculpture in the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden in Springfield.

Long Description:

The Horton Court is a very large sculpture which is very popular with children visiting the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. Ramps on either side of the court invite children to roam (but not climb) among the many Dr. Seuss Characters depicted in the sculpture.

In the center, and dominating the sculpture, is Horton the Elephant. His left front foot is raised high, his ears are splayed out and his trunk is raised up. Te next largest figure is Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. He is sitting upright with all four legs close holds a flower in the right side of his mouth. Sam I Am is on the south side holding green eggs and ham aloft in his right hand. One Thing Two Thing are in a running posture facing east with Conrad standing behind. Conrad's sister, Sally, is viewing the entire array of characters, with arms raises, from the north side. All the characters except Sally are placed on the pages of an open book. Sally is on a flat platform extending under the book.

The 14" high sculpture was designed by Theodor Suess Geisel's step-daughter Lark Dimond-Catesand and cast in bronze by Art Research & Technology. It is the south-most sculpture in the sculpture garden.

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden
Springfield Quadrangle
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103

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