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Welded Art
updated: Dec 11, 2013, 2:23 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Does anyone know who made the iron horse in front of the Sandman Inn on upper State Street or the large welded bicycle in front of the surrey rental on the first block of State Street near the wharf? We also want to know what they were made or installed. My students asked employees at both locations and did not find the answers. Thanks for any useful information that can be shared.

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 COMMENT 476305 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 02:48 PM

Mexico

 

 COMMENT 476324P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 03:49 PM

The sculptor of the horse worked in Montecito and his name was George. The horse used to stand on its hind legs and tail, but they rusted out and now it sits on the ground. That's all I remember.

 

 COMMENT 476335 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 04:29 PM

324 - Thanks for the information. I had thought it used to have hind legs back in the 90's but figured it was just my imagination since they aren't there any longer. Thanks for clearing that up.

 

 EDONE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 05:02 PM

But of course, we wondered that too! Read all about it:

http://www.edhat.com/site/tidbit.cfm?nid=65842

 

 ROB EGENOLF agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 05:29 PM

George Mroz who did live in Montecito with his wife Jean (on Hots Springs to be specific in a home formerly owned by an Ambassador as I recall) was not the sculptor of the horse, but rather the owner of the restaurant (Cattleman's Inn) who had it built in the mid or late 1960's.

 

 COMMENT 476391 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 08:09 PM

Was it John Godkin of Carpinteria?

 

 COMMENT 476398 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 08:24 PM

No, it was John Palminteri. He does everything and is super multi talented. You know "the most interesting man in the world" commercials? Based on The Palm himself. He'd star in the commercials but is too interesting for that.

 

 COMMENT 476409P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 09:39 PM

The sculptor of the horse was not George Mroz, it was a George who was associated with UCSB art dept. He worked in a garage/workshop on the grounds of Casa Dorinda in the early '60s.

 

 COMMENT 476410P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-11 09:43 PM

409P again - George Goyer.

 

 COMMENT 476542 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-12 11:29 AM

I work with the company that owns the Sandman Inn. The sculptor of the horse was John Godkin.

 

 COMMENT 476691 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-12 05:05 PM

I looked up John Godkin's website and saw the horse sculpture among his works. I emailed him and asked if he could join the discussion and give us some background about the work.

 

 DOG MOM agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-12 07:37 PM

John Godkin will give us the background on his metal sculpture of a horse. I once got to see some of his stone sculptures and they were quite beautiful.

 

 COMMENT 476742 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-12 07:57 PM

Hi everyone, My name is John Godkin and I sold the sculpture to George in 1972. That was the year I was married. It has been there for 41 years. It's name is "Spirit". It was made at brooks institute of fine art that used to be located on the Riviera, the original UCSB location. It was my graduation project. I could have repaired the back legs if I had know thee was a problem With them. I have enjoyed it being there all these years even though most people don't know who made it. Thanks for the email Laura. My website does show what it looked like when you could see it all. Go to my web page, To see what I am doing now . Thanks John

 

 YIN YANG agree helpful negative off topic

2013-12-12 08:42 PM

Thank you John Godkin! I grew up 4 blocks from Cattleman's, in the 60's. I LOVE that horse. Thanks again. (still a horse-crazy little kid at heart)

 

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