EDGE of SILENCE
by Edward J. Fraughton
Size: 20 inches high
Media: Cast Bronze
This work was conceived to portray the mission of horse and man in the pioneering discovery of the vast American West. As they cross the high point on a mountain, man and horse are attentive as to what surprise might lie beyond. Particularly, if there is a threat, whether from other white men, Indians or wild animals, such a threat must be quickly determined. In the wild kingdom, a timely response is constantly a matter of life or death. The horse's attention is slightly to the left. His ears rotate to determine the position and proximity of some uncertain sound. The rider is aware of the horse's sense, and he sits deep back in the saddle with his ready finger on the trigger of his slightly unsheathed musket.
This piece evokes the feeling of freedom and independence each of us feel, but few have the courage to pursue. With little by way of "needs," to survive by only that which he can carry, is a fascinatingly romantic thought. Is this man's eternal quest? It certainly is intended to be symbolic of it.