Making of EQUUS Masks


“The Making of EQUUS Masks”

The EQUUS masks were created in 2000 for Ubiquity Stage theater co.’s production of “EQUUS” by Peter Shaffer.

I collaborated with the director, Brian Triber. The idea was to create a mask that resembled a horse, yet not a realistic horse. The play is a psychodrama and the nature of the play is focused on the perception of a pretty troubled boy. The horse is seen through his eyes as a deity in the form of a horse.

The horse masks are made of 9 gauge wire, ferrules, and a leather mane.

Wire-9 gauge: This wire is normally used to connect a wire fence to a post.

The wire had to be flexible yet also be firm enough to hold the mask’s shape. The masks would be handled frequently during the play. The masks also had to be able to be seen by the audience.
This wire perfectly reflected the lights on stage and set the eerie mood of the play.

Here is a drawing of the wires of the mask. The black dots indicate where the cross pieces connected the two sides of the mask.

EQUUS wire


Ferrules: a metal piece that has two hollow holes running through it. Wires can be put in each hole and crimped to hold the wires together.

We tried a method or two to hold the wire pieces together. The ferrules turned out to be the best option. As I mentioned before the masks had to be firm and durable since they would be handled frequently.

ferrules and wire


We went with leather for the horse’s mane. The leather was cut in long, wide strips. Then sections where cut in along the long sides. Holes were punched and a thin wire run through and twisted to make it so the mane stood up. The mane was sprayed with silver paint to match the silver color of the wire. Thus a uniform look to the masks. It also added to the stage lighting affect of the masks.

equus leather mane

This is how EQUUS mask was created.

equus mask


I’m thankful for the amazing opportunity and creative challenge. (what artist could pass up a creative challenge like this—not me) It was an opportunity to create, persevere and see this project through and ultimately see the masks used in a wonderful performance on stage.

Oh, I also created the logo for the marketing material. 😉
EQUUS page:

EQUUS mask is on display at the
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery.

Thank you

See Art news for more details about “Masked and Unmasked” exhibit.

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Art News
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative presents a members exhibit:

“Masked and Unmasked”
June 26 – August 26
Reception: Thursday, July 14th 5:30-7pm
The PAC Gallery at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center
175 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Mon-Sat 10 to 5

The Equine Art Guild’s News

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla ( or visit

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