Willow Tree Gentle Animals of the Stable. -The Christmas Story.
Part of the Willow Tree Christmas Story collection.
The sculptor, Susan Lordi, intended the animals to have a calming, yet very stoic, elegant presence , by their gestures, their stance, the turn of their heads. She experimented with color and texture to give them a softness. She was interested in transforming a hard surface by carving and carving into it until it looked wooly or furry, or in the case of the donkey, had the clothlike surface of a blanket.