Sculpture Petralli By Jeff Decker
- Edition: 29
- Copyright: 2004
- Size: 18" x 8" x 10"
Joe Petralli was a gentleman racer. On a motorcycle he was all business and this sculpture shows it. His grip on the bars, forearms taught, expression determined. Everything from the exquisite detail of the knucklehead engine to the stitching on Joe's leathers and gloves, even his bootlaces, screams out man's passion for speed and his quest for ever higher achievement. This was Harley-Davidson's first overhead valve engine, and its speed made it a showroom winner. To amplify this success, a special was built to set the world land speed record.
Jeff Decker is a sculptor and historian who is known for his bronze sculptures, the most notable of which is titled "By the Horns" (also known as The Hill Climber), a 16-foot-tall, 5,000-pound bronze located on the grounds of the Harley-Davidson Museum. His bronze-cast sculptures depicting the synergy of man and modern machines, particularly historic motorcycles, is known in both the motorcycling community and the world of fine art. As of 2009, Decker was Harley-Davidson's official sculptor.
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