'Pegasus and Bellerophon'
1990-91 - metal: bronze
Larry Young presents his visual interpretation of the Greek myth about the winged horse, Pegasus, and the Corinthian hero Bellerophon. Together Pegasus and Bellerophon slew the Chimaera, a fire-breathing monster, and were subsequently triumphant over the many other trials and tasks set before them. Bellerophon's pride and presumption, however, eventually caused him suffering and permanent injuries. His arrogant attempt to ride to Mount Olympus on the steed angered the gods to such an extent that they caused Pegasus to throw him. Young's dynamic abstract rendering captures the horse and Greek hero, seen in the negative space of the horse's arched neck, in a soaring ascent. But it is up to the viewer to ponder whether they travel in flight toward a victory or Bellerophon's doom.