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THE NEW "HAFLINGER HORSE OF STREMBO" by MARCO MARTALAR
After the Winged Dragon of Lavarone, in Alpe Cimbra (province of Trento), the She-Wolf of Lagorai, the Vaia Eagle (near Grigno) and the Vaia Griffon of Tesino, here is another incredible work by the artist, this time in Val Redena in Trentino: the Haflinger Horse of Strembo. Like Marco Martalar's other works, the Haflinger Horse was also built with the wood of trees felled by the Vaia storm which destroyed a large part of the woods of Trentino and Veneto on the night of 29 October 2018. Built with over 2000 pieces of larch, is the largest wooden horse in Europe. What makes it special? its 7 meters high and 5 meters long, its 1800 screws and the hard 3 months of work. As the sculptor writes: "The idea of creating a horse was born over a year ago with the meeting between me and a group of Haflinger enthusiasts, a magnificent breed bred in Val Rendena, in memory of the peasant world, and today used for multiple purposes. It was a long job with considerable complications due to the fact that the horse is prancing, that is, rearing up and resting only on three points on the ground, but the satisfaction was truly great." Be careful though because the work will not last forever, the wood used, in fact, has not been treated and is therefore destined to disappear.
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HOW TO GET TO THE HAFLINGER HORSE OF STREMBO
It is possible to get to the Haflinger Horse of Strembo by car following the signs for Strembo / Parco Giorgio Ducoli, in the splendid village of Strembo in Val Rendena.
WHERE TO PARK to see the HAFLINGER HORSE of STREMBO
There are several car parks to visit the Strembo Haflinger Horse. It is possible to park in the Giorgio Ducoli Park car park (limited spaces).
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Or you can park in the center in the Strembo Public Parking and from there take a 10-minute walk, but be careful as there are only about ten spaces.
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HOW LONG TO GO TO SEE the HAFLINGER HORSE OF STREMBO
It takes around 1 hour to get to the Haflinger Horse Parking in Strembo from Trento, while from Rovereto it takes around 1 and a half hours. Once parked in the Giorgio Ducoli Park near the opera, you follow a path to reach the Haflinger Horse in less than 5 minutes. From the car park in the center of Strembo it takes less than 10 minutes.
WHEN TO GO TO SEE the HAFLINGER HORSE OF STREMBO
There is no best time to see the Strembo Haflinger Horse! It is a wonderful work in every season, like all the works of Marco Martalar. In Summer and Spring the Strembo Haflinger horse dominates the green meadows of Val Rendena. In Autumn the landscape presents truly magical colors that are perfect for photographs. In Winter, however, the magic of the snow that whitens the landscape around the Haflinger Horse of Strembo makes everything even more evocative.
WHO IS MARCO MARTALAR?
The Haflinger Horse of Strembo is not the first work of this genre created by the hands of the artist Marco Martalar. In 2020, in Mezzaselva di Roana on the Altopiano dei Sette Comuni, where he lives, Marco created a Winged Lion with 1500 pieces of shrubs and trees felled by Vaia, which became the largest Winged Lion in the world, three meters high and 4 meters long, 5. Immediately afterwards the artist achieved incredible success thanks to the Drago di Vaia, in Lavarone, "a majestic work, symbol of resilience and courage", the Lupa del Lagorai inaugurated in 2022, the Aquila Vaia, inaugurated in 2023, and at the Grifone Vaia del Tesino, inaugurated in 2023.
WORLD MAPPERS' TIPS to SEE and VISIT the HAFLINGER HORSE of STREMBO
Be respectful of the area by parking in permitted areas and not creating problems for residents, the area is under video surveillance after the Vaia Dragon fire.
Val Rendena is the ideal place for pleasant walks, excursions and stopping to eat something typical in one of the many restaurants in the area.
The Haflinger Horse of Strembo is easily reachable even with children (you park right near the Horse and the path that leads to the work is suitable for everyone.
You should immediately take advantage of the opportunity to see this new work of art, because being made of untreated wood, the Haflinger Horse will change over time, with the passing of the seasons, until it decomposes, following the philosophy of all Land Art.
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