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They’re here and yes I almost missed the light trying to rubber-neck….

The entire month of July, The Titanic Museum Attraction is paying tribute to the artists that were onboard the Titanic. According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, “art” is the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects.

I had the absolute pleasure this morning of meeting the famous, most talented Missouri Artist, Rachel Wilson. She has used her creative imagination to transform hedge wood into life-size, life-like horse sculptures and they are now on display in the grassy knoll of the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Mo. These creations are magnificent! I thought I knew what to expect before I arrived at the ship this morning, but nothing can prepare you for the stunning beauty of this art form.

Rachel got into working with Hedge Wood during a time on her farm when cut-backs were necessary and oil paint and canvas (her usual) were expensive. She said she had PLENTY of fallen hedge wood and decided that she would make something of it. Recycle it. When Rachel starts a new “piece”, she explained, she goes out on her farm in Avilla, Mo and gathers the wood. Then, in her shop she sculpts the pieces together to create these majestic figures.

Weighing in at over 500 pounds is the largest horse sculpture on display. “His” name is Country Knight and required over 2 months to complete. Country Knight’s Grand Stature reminds me of the Titanic. According to Wikipedia, RMS Titanic was the largest passenger steamship in the world when she set off on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, on 10 April 1912. Country Knight is valued at $8,000. All of the horse sculptures on display are for sale. They range anywhere from $1500-$8000, depending on size.

I find it fitting for our museum to pay tribute to the artists that were onboard the Titanic. After all, there were two world renowned artists documented to have been 1912 RMS Titanic passengers; Paul Chevre was a French sculptor and Francis Millet was an American painter. And…what about Jack Dawson? He was an aspiring sketch artist! The Titanic Museum Attraction continues to celebrate ALL of the passengers that traveled on the 1912 voyage and draws us in emotionally to their lives.

Voted by 417’s Branson Vacation Magazine as one of the top things to do this summer, Rachel Wilson’s Horse Sculptures will be on display the entire month of July 2010 on the lawn of the Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson, Missouri. This is a MUST SEE in Branson, Mo.