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Italy
Maranello
Modena (prov.)

Emilia-Romagna

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Monumento al Cavallino rampante

Monument for the Prancing Horse

Helidon Xhixha & Ilirjan Xhixha
2003

Maranello /  Monumento al Cavallino rampante   Maranello /  Monumento al Cavallino rampante

Description

Five meters high, stainless steel statue of a prancing horse, the symbol of Ferrari.

The sculpture is donated to the Maranello Commune by the Albanian sculptor Helidon Xhixha and was placed on 14 October 2003, following the Ferrari victory of the 2003 F1 world championship in the center of the roundabout in the Eastern Ring Road near the Ferrari factories.

The famous symbol of the Ferrari race team is the Cavallino Rampante ('prancing horse'), a black prancing stallion on a yellow shield. On 17 June 1923, Enzo Ferrari won a race at the Savio track in Ravenna where he met the Countess Paolina, mother of Count Francesco Baracca, an ace of the Italian air force and national hero of World War I, who used to paint a horse on the side of his planes. The Countess asked Enzo to use this horse on his cars, suggesting that it would bring him good luck. The original 'prancing horse' on Baracca's airplane was painted in red on a white cloud-like shape, but Ferrari chose to have the horse in black and he added a canary yellow background as this is the color of the city of Modena, his birthplace. The Ferrari horse was, from the very beginning, markedly different from the Baracca horse in most details, the most noticeable being the tail that in the original Baracca version was pointing downward.
Ferrari has used the cavallino rampante on official company stationery since 1929. Since the Spa 24 Hours of 9 July 1932, the cavallino rampante has been used on Alfa Romeos raced by Scuderia Ferrari.
The motif of a prancing horse is old, it can be found on ancient coins. A similar black horse on a yellow shield is the Coat of Arms of the German city of Stuttgart, home of Mercedes-Benz and the design bureau of Porsche, both being main competitors of Alfa and Ferrari in the 1930s. The city's name derives from Stutengarten, an ancient form of the German word 'Gestüt', which translates into English as stud farm and into Italian as 'scuderia'. Porsche also includes the Stuttgart sign in its corporate logo, centred in the emblem of the state of Württemberg. Stuttgart's Rössle has both rear legs firmly planted on the soil, like Baracca's horse, but unlike Ferrari's cavallino.

Signature

H.I. XHIXHA 03
helidon | ilirjan XHIXHA 2003

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Tags

Location N 44°32'0" E 10°52'24"

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