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Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies

November 28, 2018

If you've ever driven from Spokane to Seattle, or Seattle to Spokane, you've probably seen the iron horses that overlook the Columbia River in Vantage, Washington. They are part of an unfinished sculpture created by artist David Govedare named "Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies". The sculpture is missing a large metal basket that the ponies are supposed to be galloping out of due to lack of funding and the difficulty of safely erecting the 36 foot tall piece. That's where Coffman Engineers steps in.

Craig Lee, a principal structural engineer, works on a lot of interesting projects, including providing structural design to raise the butterfly sculptures in Spokane's Riverfront Park. Craig, along with his team in the Spokane office, are providing pro bono structural engineering to help David Govedare realize his vision of constructing and placing the basket in it's rightful place.

Craig, a long time friend of Govedare, had the unique experience of trekking to the top of the hill where the ponies stand, with the artist who made the sculpture. While digitally scanning the landscape and ponies for design, the team listened to Govedare talk about his passion for his creation and how excited he is to see the basket raised.

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