Iron Horse (sculpture)

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Iron Horse
Iron Horse is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Iron Horse
Iron Horse
Iron Horse is located in the United States
Iron Horse
Iron Horse
ArtistAbbott Pattison
Year1954 (1954)
LocationWatkinsville, Georgia, U.S.
Coordinates33°43′37″N 83°18′03″W / 33.72690°N 83.30092°W / 33.72690; -83.30092Coordinates: 33°43′37″N 83°18′03″W / 33.72690°N 83.30092°W / 33.72690; -83.30092

Iron Horse (also known as Pegasus Without Wings)[1][2] is an iron sculpture created by Abbott Pattison. Although the sculpture was not well-received at first, it currently faces many visits from tourists and University of Georgia students.[2][3][4]


On May 25, 1954, Abbott Pattison initially placed the sculpture at Reed Hall in the University of Georgia. However, after the sculpture was vandalized by disgruntled students, the sculpture was secretly moved to a warehouse. It remained there before horticulture professor L.C. Curtis moved it to his farm near Watkinsville, Georgia in 1959 where it stands today.[2][5][6][7] In an interview with The New York Times in 1979, Curtis claimed that he wanted the sculpture from Lamar Dodd, the chairman of the art department at the time, because "I collect conversation pieces. I'm a little bit of an eccentric."[8] Although the sculpture was possessed by Curtis' descendant, Jack Curtis, before his death,[7] the sculpture is still owned by the university.[9] In 2011, the sculpture was vandalized once again. Afterwards, a secret group restored the horse.[10] As of 2017, the farm where the sculpture is kept is managed by Josh Griffin.[3]


In 2014, the University of Georgia renamed the farm "Iron Horse Plant Sciences Farm" in honor of the sculpture. The university uses the farm for agricultural research.[11] In February 2017, a study created in the farm was released, which consisted of the use of drones to analyze the genetic data found in crop yields.[12]

In popular culture[edit]

The early history of the sculpture was depicted in the 1962 National Educational Television film, Pegasus Without Wings[13][14] as well as the 1980 William VanDerKloot documentary, Iron Horse.[5][15][16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Shearer, Lee (September 20, 1999). "Body found stabbed, burned". Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Shearer, Lee (June 3, 2015). "Iconic Iron Horse's hooves eaten by rust, but will be repaired". Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Murphy, Adam (May 5, 2017). "The legend of the Iron Horse". CBS 46. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  4. ^ McDonald, Casey (August 1, 2016). "Athens quirks: Finding the eccentricities of the Classic City". The Red and Black. Retrieved January 28, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Jordan, Julie Phillips (February 27, 1999). "The Iron Horse still standing proudly". Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Smith, Abigail (March 7, 2002). "Decades pass, Iron Horse still lives". Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Giles, Blake (October 2, 2014). "Iron Horse broken hearted: Jack Curtis dies". Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  8. ^ Times, Special To The New York (November 4, 1979). "Iron Horse Disliked by Students Is Rusting in a Georgia Pasture". The New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  9. ^ Smith, Stella (April 30, 2014). "Like the Iron Horse, UGA Is Moving the Red Barn to Oconee County". Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  10. ^ Ford, Wayne (November 15, 2011). "Iron Horse vandalized, then restored by secret group". Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  11. ^ Shearer, Lee (September 24, 2014). "UGA, Iron Horse finally find common ground". Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  12. ^ Wooten, Mike (February 9, 2017). "Scientists use robots, drones to accelerate plant genetic research, improve crop yield". Science Daily. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  13. ^ "Session Details". Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  14. ^ "National Educational Television (NET) Collection Catalog Project".
  15. ^ Oney, Steve (February 8, 1981). "The Alien Work of Art". The Atlanta Constitution. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  16. ^ Smith, Jessica (November 5, 2014). "Spotlight on the Arts". Retrieved June 26, 2016.

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