Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies— George, WA
Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies is a sculpture of 15 wild horses that has crowned a prominent Central Washington hillside for more than a decade and is an inspiring sight for travelers along busy Washington Interstate 90 as they enter Grant County from the west.
The 200-foot line of life-size charging horses, the creation of David Govedare of Chewelah, Washington, captures a mystical spirit from a time when real wild horses roamed the steppes. Titled "Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies," the scene symbolically re-creates the Great Spirit turning loose a herd of wild horses above the Columbia River's Wanapum Lake.
The artwork can be seen from viewpoints along I-90, about two miles east of the Vantage Bridge over the Columbia River. The eastbound off-ramp has a rough path that leads a quarter mile to the wild-horse monument. Westbound traffic has only a distant view; do not walk across the freeway. Instead, make a 10-mile loop by driving down to the freeway exit at the east end of the Vantage Bridge, then drive east to the George exit to turn around