Kuala Lumpur: If you’re out on the streets here tomorrow, you may see an unusual sight: a horse made of bronze, towering over you at over 3m high, being transported along some of the major sights of Kuala Lumpur.
It is the largest horse sculpture done by Colombian sculptor Fernando Botero, one of the world’s most well-known artists.
This means Kuala Lumpur is among major cities such as New York and Paris with landmark Botero sculptures.
The master work is being transported from The St Regis sales gallery in One KL to its new home at The St Regis KL in Jalan Stesen Sentral.
The sculpture was specially commissioned for The St Regis KL in 2009. It was completed and delivered to Malaysia in 2010.
“The Botero horse is now moving to St Regis Kuala Lumpur as it was commissioned for and as originally intended,” said Carmen Chua, CEO of ONE IFC, the developer and owner of The St Regis KL.
Botero, 83, is known to play with volume and exaggerated proportions in his works.
Originally an illustrator for a Spanish newspaper, El Colombiano, Botero enrolled in the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid and became a painter before taking on sculpting in 1973.
As one of the world’s most sought-after contemporary artists, Botero has works on display in museums, art galleries and parks in cities like Paris, New York, Barcelona and Singapore.
“Botero had immediately agreed to this commission and we visited his foundry in Pietrasanta, Italy in 2009 to see the horse being made,” said Chua.
This work, which is called Horse, is the largest sculpture ever made by the artist, weighing 2.5 tonnes and standing at 3.6m x 3.5m x 1.8m. It will be housed in The St Regis Kuala Lumpur’s Drawing Room at the hotel lobby, which the public will have access to when it opens in April next year.
The artist himself is expected to be at the launch of The St Regis KL.
The horse will be on an open trailer as it is being moved through Kuala Lumpur. There will be a banner with the words “Botero horse moving to The St Regis Kuala Lumpur” printed on a saddle, which will be placed on the horse sculpture.
“The public will see the horse galloping through the streets of KL. We would like to encourage the public to look out for the horse and its saddle, to follow the horse, and to post with the hashtag #boterostregiskl,” said Chua.
The Botero horse will depart at 10am tomorrow from The St Regis sales gallery at One KL in Jalan Pinang before taking the route along Jalan Kia Peng, Jalan Tun Razak, Putra World Trade Centre, the Federal Highway and Jalan Damansara, before arriving at The St Regis KL in Jalan Stesen Sentral.