This is really cool!

(CNN) — You’ve probably heard of Glorious Goodwood — well, this is more like glorious driftwood.

Galloping along beaches or drinking quietly from a pool, these majestic horses aren’t what they first seem.

That’s because, not that long ago, they were just piles of what seemed like scrap wood — until, that is, artist James Doran-Webb began working his magic.

Born in Birmingham, the 46-year-old has lived in the Philippines since traveling there for what was supposed to have been an extended holiday in 1989.

“I was entranced by the countryside, the beaches, the wildlife and the people, with their flair for color and artistry,” he explained.

He’s long been using driftwood collected from the seas, beaches and rivers near his Cebu City home to create his breathtaking wildlife art, and Doran-Webb’s work is a continuation of a childhood fascination with crafting wooden models and miniature sculptures.

Much time in his formative years was spent in the workshops of his parent’s antiques restoration firm, giving him a thorough informal education in the arts of craftsmanship.

That accumulated knowledge of flair and polish is on display in his three thoroughbreds, all equine power and elegance and his biggest public art project to date.

Inspired by the fact that this is the Chinese Year of the Horse, they were commissioned for New Year celebrations at the Gardens by the Bay nature park in Singapore, where they were even “ridden” by model jousters for a while.


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