Carl Fisher, fascination with speed and movement, starting as a young man when he opened his first business, a bicycle shop. Later he bought the patent for Acetylene headlights, which became the most sold headlamp to auto industry, the Prest-O-Lite. Because of those, he became a very wealthy man, later selling the factory for $9 millions to Union Carbide. He then started the first automobile dealership in Indianapolis, the developer of the Indi 500 and was the money man for the Dixie Highway to bring his car friends from Indianapolis to Miami.
With his arrival to Miami he became involved with the land boom lending Mr Collins $50,000 to finish the wood bridge that joined the main land with the new developed barrier island in exchange of 200 acres, becoming Mr. Miami Beach as he still is know by us locals.
I always saw pioneers with horses, as horses themselves, that is why I represented Mr. Fisher as a horse running through the seagrasses and to honor his vision, his spectacles, spanning the painting, became his bicycle wheels and his headlamps.
Oil on Canvas
W x H x D
30 x 66 x 1 inch
76.2 x 167.6 x 2.5 cm