The animals on the carousel were all sculpted from drawings created by kids in the Riverbank Park neighborhood. Milo visited classrooms and the gazebo at the park dressed as a knight in shining armor. He explained the history of carousels to the kids, who were mostly in the first and second grade. Then, working at especially made workstations with lots of images of different animals to use for inspiration, the kids made thousands of drawings.
From these drawings, Milo had the very difficult job of choosing just thirty-six to make into full-scale carousel figures.
This is Milo in his knight costume. He made it out of foam. The knight's arms are his arms, but Milo's legs are in the horse's back legs!
This is a model showing three stages of fabrication: the left one is a foam figure (Edwin's deer) covered in fiberglass, the center one has been painted with primer and the right one has been finished.
|Alligator||Bladimir Leon Rodrigez|
|Deer||Edwin R. Vargas|
|Flamingo||Sharette Ethel Allen|
|Horse||Lizzie Queena Castle|
|Slicker||Megan Vaughan and Emily Zall|
|T. Rex||Jesus Brito|
|Tiger||Na'Tasha K. Simmons|
|Zebra||Shanell Lashawn Davis|
The photographs of the individual animal sculptures were taken by Christopher Hornsby.