Rhinoceros -- In For Repairs, Spring 2012
The original Reimann rhinoceros was used as a riding toy by Will's daughter Katya. The eyes were blue glass beads, fastened in place with nails, and it sat on metal casters. It was much loved and much used from before the time Katya could walk.
When it de-laminated from the force of over-use, Will made Katya a bigger one--which sold on the opening night at a local art show in Clinton, CT, ~1974. Instead of entering the piece NFS, Will merely (he thought) overpriced it.
With number two gone, Will embarked on number three, his largest and most ambitious piece.
The piece has suffered over the years, most recently from the puppyhood of Reimann dog #4 (Lukasc), who did a number on the ears and secondary horn. Will is now working to clean it up--thus the new round of pictures.
Will reports that the most recent Reimann puppy (#5) found the appearance of the Rhinoceros in the garden completely horrifying. He still circles warily around the stone bench when going about his business.