Wild Horse Monument
Wild Horse Monument is perched on a ridge along I-90 east of the small town of Vantage, Washington. It’s easily seen from the road driving in either direction, but the best way to experience this sculpture is to hike up to the charging life-size horses.
The monument also called “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies,” was built by Chewelah sculpture artist David Govedare in 1989 and honors a time when real wild horses roamed the steppes of Eastern Washington. There is a total of fifteen horses and each one weights 1,200 lbs.
When I visited Wild Horse Monument there was no information in the parking lot about it, which I found very odd. A few Google searches later I discovered the sculpture is unfinished and Govedare’s plan was to have the horses running out of a giant basket that “Grandfather Spirit” had turned over, hence the title, “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies.”
I’m not sure its unfinished status is why there is a lack of signage for Wild Horse Monument. At this point, 26 years later, it would be helpful to have better roadside signage, and more importantly, information to help visitors understand the artist’s vision.