This highly collectible, limited edition uncommon 2003 Horse and Rider black resin maquette is a miniature of Tom Otterness's large bronze "Horse and Rider" sculpture located at Texas Tech University's Student Union Gathering Pavilion. Rarely found in the original red vintage box.
The original piece was commissioned by the Student Union to celebrate Texas Tech's famous mascot - "The Masked Rider" Otterness' version of the mascot depicts the Masked Rider atop of the horse, kicking its “feet triumphantly in the quest for truth,” as he describes. (The tradition of the Masked Rider started as a dare in 1936 when an unidentified masked or ghost rider would circle the football field during home games. The Masked Rider became an official mascot in 1954.) The artist made a series of white and black resin multiples back in 2003 as a result of numerous requests by students for affordable models of the Horse and Rider. They were only available for sale by the Texas Tech student union - and sold out very quickly. Although there is no stated edition, it was a one-off offering, just for Texas Tech students, with no second editions ever made. Now they are highly desirable vintage collectors items. Created in an unknown limited first edition only back in 2003. Horse and Rider is difficult to find, - so if you're an Otterness fan, we recommend you snag this one!
Manufacturer: Tom Otterness Studio
Provenance: Texas Tech
Condition: work is in very good condition with no issues; box is vintage (see photos). Lucky to have the box, as they're difficult to find together.