Tiny dancers

26 07 2017

Friend and mustang lover Bebe June Mantooth created this AMAZING scale model of Spring Creek Basin mustangs, and my folks brought it to me during a visit from Texas (where they and Bebe live). It was the first time I’d seen it (not even pictures), and to say it was a “pleasant surprise” is the understatement of the year!

The photos really don’t do it justice. It’s simply spectacular. Specific mustangs in Spring Creek Basin – including horses in two bands and several bachelor stallions – are memorialized in this model (contained in a box that is painted inside – also by Bebe) that I will treasure forever.

Model of Spring Creek Basin mustangs by Bebe June Mantooth, Troy, Texas.

This is the view through the looking glass (window) in one end of the box. Bachelors are in the foreground, and two bands are in the distance (middle ground and back). Can you identify anybody? 🙂

Model of Spring Creek Basin mustangs by Bebe June Mantooth, Troy, Texas.

Looking straight into the box of beautiful. You can see the window at right. Not shown in any of the pictures is the lid, which is lined with tiny lights, so when the lid is closed, you can look in on the mustangs’ tiny little magical world. 🙂

Model of Spring Creek Basin mustangs by Bebe June Mantooth, Troy, Texas.

Another view that shows some of the topographic detail. Don’t miss the grey mares under the juniper trees.

Model of Spring Creek Basin mustangs by Bebe June Mantooth, Troy, Texas.

A closer view of the bands – and look! They’re going to water! Which is awesomely awesome because we’ve just had some more incredible rain, which was a pond-filling gift from heaven!

Model of Spring Creek Basin mustangs by Bebe June Mantooth, Troy, Texas.

A better look at the bachelor boys. Surely readers will recognize some of the horses? 🙂

Model of Spring Creek Basin mustangs by Bebe June Mantooth, Troy, Texas.

Through the looking glass again. Below the window is the little plaque my mom and dad had made for it. 🙂

HUGE THANKS to artist Bebe for the skill and love that went into creating this one-of-a-kind mustang masterpiece! I can’t even begin to tell you all how meaningful and incredible this is!

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5 responses

26 07 2017
Prairie girl

That piece of extraordinary work is mind boggling!
Must have taken a long time. Bebe is one creative mustang lover!
It’s got to mean so much to you, TJ. Remarkable, really. Never seen anything like it!
Just love all those little horses! WOW.

26 07 2017
Pat

The detail on this creative and intricate display of the wild horses and the land of Spring Creek Basin. We were lucky to see “the box” in person. I was happy to see the perfect Skywalker with the other boys .

26 07 2017
Karen Schmiede

How beautiful! What a great piece of art!

26 07 2017
Sue Story

This is just magnificent! What an amazing work of art, TJ, just on its own, but to include favorite mustangs and Spring Creek Basin landscapes too! Just wow. And how it must have touched your heart. Your friend Bebe is incredibly talented…and yes, I DO recognoze some of them…especially our beautiful Skywalker!

27 07 2017
TJ

It IS completely marvelous, and it’s very humbling to see yet another quiet impact Spring Creek Basin’s mustangs have made on somebody “out there” in the world. I can’t even tell you what it means to me that these wild ones are so loved by so many people.

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