Art: Improbable Horse

Last week, in the courtyard of Des Moines' handsome new Art Center, lowans gaped at a bronze stallion the likes of which had never been seen before. Mounted in the center of a spacious reflecting pool was the latest work of Swedish Sculptor Carl Milles, a magnificent, larger-than-life Pegasus. Broad-beamed, with hefty wings spread, it zoomed through space at the angle of a sloop in a summer squall. Soaring precariously above was the horse's 1,000-lb. bronze rider, Greek adventurer Bellerophon (see cut), with arms outstretched and nine stout bolts through one foot to keep him from crashing.

Sculptor Milles has long been...

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