Saturday, November 21, 2009

Horses and Surfing

Daphne Wright   Form V

Daphne Wright's painting of a horse jumping from the waves was her response to the words "curling, twirling, swirling, bending, twisting etc.............."

This painting conjours up images of a very memorable ad for television- The Guinness Surfer Ad.

The plot centers around a group of surfers, waiting for the perfect wave. As it arrives, the crashing 'white horses' turn into actual horses. The surfers conquer the wave and run to the shore to celebrate.

The advert was inspired by Walter Crane's 1893 painting "Neptune's Horses". The text also draws inspiration from Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick, including the line "Ahab says, 'I don't care who you are, here's to your dream.'" (which does not actually appear in the novel).
The Director Jonathan Glazer, says that they found the man for their ad sitting under a tree in Hawaii. They filmed the horses separately and super-impossed them onto the footage of the rolling waves. Watch the video link below to see the ad in its entireity.

 It takes 119.5 seconds to pour the perfect pint of Guinness. This is what probably inspired the caption 'good things come to those who wait'. Many adverts for Guinness have latched onto the common thread of waiting.