The bronze sculpture at Piazza della Libertà in Vinci reproduces, on a smaller scale, the horse Leonardo designed for an equestrian monument commissioned by Ludovico il Moro in honor of his father, the first Duke of Milan, Francesco Sforza. Leonardo created the preparatory drawings and the clay model for the large equestrian statue, without, however, having the opportunity to complete the work. The horse at Vinci is the work of Japanese artist Nina Akamu and is part of a series of bronzes made to honor the Genius from Vinci. The contemporary art project The Horse is due to the initiative of a private citizen, the American Charles Dent, who founded the company "Leonardo da Vinci's Horse Inc." in the 1990s to give material form to Leonardo’s great sculptural project. In addition to the copy donated to the city of Vinci by "Leonardo da Vinci's Horse Inc.", there are others, donated to the city of Milan, to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (Grand Rapids, Michigan), and to the Baum School of Art (Allentown, Pennsylvania).