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The Magnificent Mustangs of Las Colinas

Updated on June 5, 2015

The Magnificent Mustangs of Las Colinas, Texas

You would have to see them in person to believe how beautiful they are!
You would have to see them in person to believe how beautiful they are!

Have you ever seen a horse sculpture so magnificent?

In 1985, I lived in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma. My family had the opportunity to visit friends of ours in Irving, Texas, and they insisted that we needed to take a ride with them, to see the Mustangs of Las Colinas. There, I had the pleasure of viewing these full-size bronze Mustang sculptures, first-hand.

I have to tell you, it was an unforgettable experience. Seven of my eight offspring were with me, and they just couldn't get "enough" of these full-size sculptures. As amazed as my children were, I was the one who was simply awe-struck!

Photo credits for the two photos below: Mustangs of Las Colinas

Close-up of the Mustangs
Close-up of the Mustangs
Another incredible view of the Mustangs
Another incredible view of the Mustangs
The details on the mustangs is incredible!
The details on the mustangs is incredible!

Mustangs on the Move

Another marvelous image, this one from an informative website that is no longer online, but the photo is!

The mustangs are so realistic, that it is hard to believe they are not really in motion! As they appear to splash their way across the fountain, the water that is sprayed up from the bottom conveys the illusion of motion, and it takes a second look to convince the mind that they are, in fact, stationary.

Aren’t they just magnificent?

Conceived in the U.S.A. - designed in Kenya - cast in England - mounted in the U.S.A.

The design and sculpture of the Mustangs of Las Colinas spanned three continents - North America, Africa and Europe. According to the museum's website, the idea for the Mustang sculpture was conceived by Ben H. Carpenter, in Irving, Texas. Not a sculptor himself, he shared his idea for a life-sized horse sculpture, with Robert Glen, who was a Scotsman who was living in Nairobi. Ben was familiar with Glen's amazing work, and owned some of his creations.

Glen agreed to help Ben's dream of a Mustang sculpture, come into being, and in 1977 he began research to find horses that represented the look that Ben was trying to achieve. For almost a month, he intently studied the Andalusian Mustangs of southern Spain, which were considered to be the only pure strain of Mustangs that were still in existence.

He made almost fifty small-scale sculptures, and nine were selected as finalists for the project. Then, he made models of them that were a third of the size of the finished Mustangs. The sculptures went from Nairobi, Kenya to England, were they were cast in bronze.

All in all, it took almost eight years for the Mustangs to be finished. They were finally unveiled in Las Colinas in the fall of 1984. What is very interesting, is that Robert Glen, the artist who created them, did not see the finished Mustang sculptures until they were installed.

From the time that Ben Carpenter originally had the inspiration for the Mustangs, until his dream came to fruition, was about twenty-four years. That was a long time to wait, but the project was a massive undertaking. Now, thousands of people enjoy the Mustangs of Las Colinas every year. If you get the opportunity to see them, please take it. You will not be disappointed!

Short video on the Mustangs

If you check on YouTube, there are a few videos that portray these magnificent Mustangs. We selected a short one for you to watch, but there are many others available.

Videos and photos really do NOT do them justice, as we stated earlier. I have seen them "in person", about a year after they were installed. If you are anywhere near Irving, Texas, avail yourself of the opportunity to view them first-hand.

The Mustangs of Las Colinas

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Where to See the Mustangs

A marker5221 N. O'Connor Road Irving, Texas 75039 -
5221 North O'Connor Road, Irving, TX 75039, USA
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The Mustangs are located at the Williams Square Plaza, at the address shown above. If you are anywhere near the area, please do stop in and see them!

© 2015 Emily Tack

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Larry, they ARE beautiful. I was glad I got to see them, years ago. My stay in Oklahoma only lasted 6 months, but we were privileged to see the Mustangs.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Beautiful sculptures. I would like to see them in person someday.

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      Aren't they amazing? I shall never forget how awed I was, when I saw them "face-to-face".

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, the sculptures are very beautiful and realistic, thanks

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      They are really breathtaking, in real life. I wish I lived close enough to see them frequently. What masterpieces they are!

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      They are really very realistic sculptures and it was worth the effort in making them. Any horse owner would love to see them even in these still shots they look like they are moving. What a great tribute to our wild horses! Interesting and beautiful!

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      Emily Tack 2 years ago from USA

      You are welcome, Jodah. I simply loved seeing them in person, not even a year after their unveiling to the public.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      These mustang sculptures are a great work of art. Yes they certainly are very realistic. I have not heard of them before, thanks for sharing.