British sculptor Nic Fiddian-Green was completely won over by horses during a visit to the British Museum, back when he was a student at the Chelsea College of Art. Standing in front of one of the magnificent marble horse heads that once decorated the pediments of the Parthenon – now part of the museum’s collection – Fiddian-Green understood those elegant and powerful shapes would become a crucial source of inspiration for his work.
A few years ago, he met count Antonio Bolza and his wife, who in 1994 had began renovating the huge Reschio estate and its castle, which were abandoned at the time.
In their care, Reschio has flourished into a beautiful family property. Count Antonio and his son Benedikt have turned the castle into a luxury hotel with a beating creative heart of exhibition spaces and workshops. Outside, purebred Andalusian stallions run as free as in the prairies.
Here, Fiddian-Green’s renewed inspiration had led him to create a full-scale bust of one of these gorgeous animals.