Hickenlooper has a horse, E-I-E-I-O

The Colorado Statesman

Gov. John Hickenlooper has a memento of his old job decorating his newest gig this week: a fiberglass horse that once sat outside the offices of the Denver mayor.

Monday, a crew from Colorado Creative Industries moved the horse from the City and County Building to Hickenlooper’s Capitol office. The horse, named Scout, originated with a sculpture outside the Denver Public Library, known as “The Yearling.”

Gov. John Hickenlooper and "Scout."
Photo by Marianne Goodland/The Colorado Statesman

The life-sized horse sat on a 21 foot-high metal chair and was designed by Philadelphia artist Donald Lipski, originally for a Manhattan elementary school. According to the Denver Public Library website, the sculpture was moved to New York’s Central Park in 1997 and to Denver in 1998.

Hickenlooper told The Colorado Statesman that the point of the art is the relative nature of things. “You should never judge things unless you see them in context,” he said Monday.

The horse was originally built in fiberglass, he said, but that didn’t hold up. Scout was replaced by one cast in bronze, and that left where to put the original horse, which Hickenlooper said was nicknamed “Elmer” due to the glue holding it together.

The horse sat in storage until Hickenlooper had it set up outside the mayor’s office. But when Hickenlooper left that office to cross the street to the governor’s office, Scout/Elmer needed a new home, and the governor decided to bring the horse along. “The rest is history — here he is,” Hickenlooper said.