This monumental sized statue of Pegasus is located at Gulfstream Gardens Race Track in Hallandale. I photographed it during construction this past summer because I was fascinated by its size, placement, and historical significance. Pegasus, a winged white horse, is part of Greek mythology. It is said that Pegasus is the son of the god Poseidon and his lover, the gorgon Medusa. Pegasus appeared from the blood and body of Medusa after she was beheaded by Perseus. Later in history, Pegasus was tamed by a Greek hero, Bellerophon, who rode upon him during his many conquests. Eventually, Pegasus threw or bucked off his captor and flew to Mount Olympus to live in the kingdom of Zeus. Other stories in mythology describe Zeus riding through the heavens on the back of Pegasus as he, Zeus, threw lightning bolts at Earth.
Throughout history, horses have often been described as possessing insightfulness about humans and their feelings. Wings represent flight and have been used to refer to freedom from earthly constraints and spiritual freedom. In Christianity, the white horse is mentioned in the Book of Revelation as the means of transport for Jesus during the Second Coming. There is also discussion that this symbol will appear in the Heavens. The fact that there exists a constellation known as Pegasus amongst the stars is proof to many that the scriptures are accurate. This photo, albeit a picture of a bronze depiction, has clearly been a religious symbol and can be viewed in everyday life throughout our world.