© Keith W. Bentley. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
Cauda Equina
Date: 2007
Medium: Hand-knotted horsehair, fabric, resin, and foam form
Dimensions: 76 × 24 × 63 in. (193 × 61 × 160 cm) pedestal: 12 × 90 × 48 in. (30.5 × 228.6 × 121.9 cm)
Credit Line: Purchased with funds donated by Martha and Donald DeWees Foundation, 2012
Object Number: 2012-45
About: Cauda Equina combines Keith W. Bentley’s interest in the macabre with pointed social criticism. The artist drew on Victorian funeral rites to create a memorial to the thousands of horses killed each year in rendering plants. Made over a 12-year period, the sculpture incorporates approximately 1.4 million strands of hand-knotted horsehair collected from more than 250 slaughtered horses that function as a mourning veil.
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