The armature for the water horse has been completed. The horse itself is wire and paper mache. The paper mache was allowed to dry for a complete week, prior to being sealed with glair.
A “box” needed to be constructed to create the rest of the river structure. Channels have been added to support the river surface and the river cut through. Wood has been secured with wood screws and wood glue. You can see the water horse supported into the base by a 1/4″ dowel. This will eventually be covered by the river bottom. The right side will be an area that I can put documentation and any other elements related to the project.
Here is the top view of the box. The hole around the water horse will be filled by sugar paste. The complete illusion will be to have the water horse in mid-transformation from fish to horse. There will also be a bank and some water plants.