Yata, the North Wind
From Alvis: "Wind is part of our family out here on the Northeastern plains of Colorado where Mark and I live now after the House Horse Series was imagined at our city home in Fort Collins. We have real horses living all around us and our own cows, chickens, dogs and of course, Phoebe Mae Kittenhead is here too. The wind is a frequent companion out here on the prairie. One day not long ago I was reading about the Lakota people who have a legend that explains the founding of the four directions; and the name of the North wind is Yata – who is burly and morose. I thought – what a beautiful way to honor this aspect of the environment we live in! I have named each horse in this series for the Lakota directions of the blowing winds – stay tuned for photos of Eya the West wind, Yanpa the East wind, and Okaga the South wind as they are finished later this year! This sculpture named Yata has a beautiful gold veined accents over a gray/purple background called Subzero Gold Flash and he is 19″ high, 15″ long and 8″ wide."