"IRON HORSE" is film about public sculpture and its human impact. The film utilizes a dramatic historical incident as a narrative thread, to illuminate the power of new and different ideas.
Chicago artist Abbott Pattison created a welded-steel sculpture of a horse that was placed on the University of Georgia campus in 1954 -- a first in a planned series of public sculptures. The first evening it caused a riot. Over one thousand students defaced the piece and set it on fire. They didn't like it.
There film relates this to similar incidents throughout history where works of art have met with violent public rejection.
The 30-minute documentary program utilizes interviews, archival footage, and a dramatic recreation of the riot (set to Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring"), to depict the way people react to the fear of something they cannot, or will not, understand. The film was released in 1980.
SELECTED MAJOR AWARDS AND SCREENINGS:
Chicago International Film Festival - Gold Award
American Film Festival
Melbourne Film Festival
CINE Golden Eagle
National State and Local Historians Award of Merit
National Gallery of Art - Washington, D.C.
High Museum of Art - Atlanta, Georgia