Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov

Centaurs of the War

His sculpture Centaurs of War harks back to an incident that he heard from his Russian grandmother. Around the end of World War II, her village was overrun by Russian soldiers seeking bivouac. At the time, the village was inhabited only by children and the elderly. After the soldiers moved on a few days later, the villagers discovered an old horse left in a barn with its shoes welded to a steel plate.
The horse couldn’t move, couldn’t lay down: it was completely fixed. Villagers didn’t understand why the soldiers didn’t eat it… they realized after that it was used for sexual needs… Unable to liberate the horse from its cruel predicament, the villagers had no choice but to kill it.