Gift Horse (2010) is a large-scale sculpture of the mythological Trojan Horse, which the artists will present to the San Jose Museum of Art in a public ceremony during the 01SJ Biennial.
Originally built as a digital model in the virtual world of Second Life, they will recreate it in physical form with high-quality digital textures. In the South Hall site before the Biennial they will conduct workshops, where anyone can “add their own artwork” to Gift Horse in the form of paper-craft sculptures.
They will parade the giant horse, made almost entirely of green and recyclable materials, through the streets of San Jose and then to the museum. After delivering Gift Horse in a public ceremony, they will open a trap door in the body, releasing everyone’s artwork into the museum.
Gift Horse stems from the No Matter project, which will concurrently be on display at San Jose Museum of Art.
Commissioned by the San Jose Museum of Art and ZER01 for the 2010 01SJ Biennial, this project is presented with the support of the James Irvine Foundation.
Gift Horse is being made in partnership with Electric Works, a San Francisco-based fine art press. It will be produced using water-based inks on biodegradable sheets and constructed of almost 100% recycled wood.