15 year old equine artist Shya Beth is creating 18 life size equine sculptures representing different breeds/disciplines of horses that will be covered in denim. Each horse starts out as a basic wooden frame and ends as a unique denim sculpture! The sculptures will travel to prestigious shows/events/matches where they will be signed by prominent riders/trainers/course designers/officials. Once all of the sculptures have been signed, there will be one final showing of the sculptures where they will be auctioned off to benefit horse charities on a global scale.
“I have seen so much horrific abuse towards horses across the world, and because of that I want to do as much as I can to help our equines. From the plight of the wild mustangs to the PMU mares, there that millions of horses each year that suffer and die in horrible conditions. I want to help raise awareness and help fund the charities that help horses in these situations.
I think using denim to create these sculptures is not only a unique medium, but also a way that everyone–equestrians or not– can feel connected to this project. Nearly everyone wears jeans, whether they are a pair of NYC designer jeans or a pair of a farmer’s old Levi’s. Everyone can feel a connection to this project, which will ultimately help more horses.”
In addition to creating 18 life size equine sculptures, Shya is also creating several films about the sculptures, history of the sport/breed they represent and exclusive interviews with the people that sign them.