Budweiser Clydesdale Team of eight horses
as seen from Highway 13 heading north.
This tableaux features two additional horses who directly face the highway.
We drove northward on Highway 13. Just outside Phillips,
Wisconsin, a team of life-size concrete Budweiser Clydesdales facing south
along the side of the highway with real leather tack pulling a real wagon
with barrels of beer came into view. The sight was astounding! This sturdy
horse team in life was featured by the Budweiser Brewing Company in
countless state fairs across America. In Budweiser beer commercials since
the 1950's, these horses galloped in unison across every TV screen in America.
Detail of the Clydesdale team,
Smith's last work which took six months to complete.
The horses were portrayed with great attention to
authenticity and detail. The gray concrete of each horse's body was
studded with round amber brown beer bottle bottoms in an attempt to
replicate the brown coat of a Clydesdale. The white forelegs were created
by white china shards. Real horseshoes clad each hoof. This tableau
was the last work Fred Smith completed before a stroke brought his work
to a halt. It seemed fitting that this ambitious final work should be
a visitor's introduction to Smith's world
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