From the ashes

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When fire destroyed the Rappahannock home of Lynn and Joe Horning, right, in 2007, among the many art works destroyed was a large wood and metal sculpture by local artist Thomas Mullany, left. Lynn Horning had purchased Mullany’s “1st American” in 1994, when she worked with Troyer Gallery in Washington, D.C. As they went to work rebuilding, the Hornings contacted Mullany about recreating the piece; Mullany agreed, and went off to find a cherry log on his property, which became the new bust. The feathers are sculpted from old roofing tin, and the entire piece is designed to live outside — which it now does, at the newly rebuilt Horning residence.

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