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Dinosaur, mutant wolf sculptures among art on display at Horses and Courses

April 10, 2019 GMT

Lurking underneath a tree on Hayne Avenue in downtown Aiken on Tuesday was a fierce-looking Tyrannosaurus rex.

Nearby stood a mutant wolf with long horns, sharp teeth and a bright red tongue.

David Cianni created both sculptures, and they attracted a lot of attention during the 8th edition of the Horses and Courses Art Walk.

Numerous people strolling by stopped to take photos with their cell phones.

“I make recycled art,” said Cianni, who grew up in Guatemala. “My focus is to teach kids that recycling is beautiful. If you know how to put it together and you’ve got the imagination to do it, junk can become a piece of art. It’s really cool.”

Materials used by Cianni, who is getting ready to open a gallery in Vaucluse to display and his pieces, include ball bearings and plastic trash cans along with mufflers, shock absorbers and clutches from automobiles.

“I have a metal shop, so I have lots of leftovers,” he said. “I also have a lot of friends who have shops, and they give me their leftovers.”

Around the corner on Laurens Street, Cindy Pearce was selling wire weave jewelry that she had made.

“I use tiny little wires, and it’s kind of like weaving a basket,” she said. “I twist them in different directions and put them around beautiful pieces of stone, fossils and lampwork beads that a woman makes for me.”

Pearce learned how to weave wire by studying videos on YouTube.

They featured “a Russian guy,” Pearce said. “I couldn’t understand a word he said, so I just watched his hands.”

In front of the City of Aiken’s finance building, Corinne Kenney worked on her painting of three horses. She also was there to perform with the Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken.

“When somebody gets tired of playing, I’ll spell them, but I wanted to do some painting, too, while I was here,” Kenney said. “They (the members of the Mountain Dulcimers) are like a family to me, and my painter friends are my other family. I enjoy being with both groups.”

The sponsors of Horses and Courses this year were the City of Aiken Arts Commission, Aiken Artist Guild, Aiken Downtown Development Association, and the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department.

About halfway through the three-hour event, which began at 5 p.m., City of Aiken Tourism Supervisor Mary Rosbach reported that everything was “going very well, considering the threat of rain.”

“We have a great turnout,” she continued. “There are lots of people walking around.”

Among them were Bill and Ellie Joos, who brought their dog Peanut to Horses and Courses.

“We’re looking at the art, and we like hanging out,” Ellie said. “You get to see people you know, and you also get to see people who have come to our wonderful town for the Masters. It’s a nice happening that we think is a lot of fun.”

For Horses and Courses’ younger attendees, there was a Kids Zone in the parking lot behind the finance building. It offered a variety of activities, including rock painting, cornhole and the opportunity to construct a city using cardboard boxes.