Monday, April 25, 2011

Spirit of progress

Horse statues

I've been reading a lot lately about not letting rain ruin a photo shoot. Rain can add a wonderful dimension to pictures, if you just change your focus a little. So when it started raining yesterday morning, I thought, "What would make a good picture in the rain?"

It turns out that rain is very flattering to statues, especially horses.

These statues are on Firestone Blvd., the main thoroughfare through Downey, just before you enter the city from neighboring Norwalk. According to the plaque, they were created in 1999 by Snell Johnson, and they're called "Spirit of Progress." I can't find anything on the web about the statues or the artist. Maybe somebody out there can fill me in?


  1. I found a couple things about the artist:

    Looks like he worked both large and small. Interesting Guy.

    Johnny Randolph

  2. Wow, I didn't realize he was so well-known. Amazing that he took the time to create these horses for a small suburb of Los Angeles. Thanks for the info, Johnny.



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