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Sforza Horse Fact Sheet

Press Release Date 
Wednesday, 27 August, 2008
  • Iconic symbol of "Leonardo: 500 Years Into The Future" exhibition at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose from September 27, 2008 to January 4, 2009
  • Designed as a gift for Ludovico il Moro, the Duke of Milan, as a monument to Francesco Sforza, Ludovico's predecessor, 1492; would have been Leonardo's only major sculpture
  • 70 tons of bronze were set aside for the original sculpture which was only built in clay before the project was abandoned
  • Bronze was later melted down to make cannons used in the defense of Milan against invasion by Charles VIII
  • San Jose model is 24 feet tall, steel and Fiberglass construction
  • Total Weight - 20 tons
    Base - 33,000 pounds
    Horse - 6,600 pounds
  • Required two ocean containers to ship from Florence, Italy
  • Assembled locally by Italian artisans Will be on display through January 4, 2009