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It is my belief, that if everyone in the world took three minutes to truly stop, look, listen and actually feel the carousel figures, they will always find something they love. Most art is subjective depending on a single persons taste and appreciation. But a carousel offers a little something for everyone.

- Ken Means; Master Carver

Ken Means, Master Carver

Why a Carousel

It is my belief, that if everyone in the world took three minutes to truly stop, look, listen and actually feel the carousel figures, they will always find something they love. Most art is subjective depending on a single persons taste and appreciation. But a carousel offers a little something for everyone. It may be the intricate carving of the animals themselves or the way they are painted that gives the onlooker pleasure or someone may enjoy the music from the band organ or the gentle way the animals move up and down. If it is not the carousel itself that pleasures a particular person, I believe the excited smile on a child's face as the carousel spins round will bring them joy.

My entire life I have asked myself the same question, "once I am gone how can I leave something that everyone will enjoy and use". The answer one day came to me when I was carving my first horse for my own children. There is nothing else in the world that can touch so many and appeal to everyone as a carousel.

My plan for this carousel is to have 38 animals that will include 11 standers (animals that stay stationary on the platform), 27 jumpers (these are animals that rise up and down as the carousel turns) 2 chariots, one that is wheel chair compatible and a band organ that can play 7 insturments.

Ken Means, Artist
December 2005

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