Thursday, July 15, 2010

They're Back: Horse Mania Deux

In 2000, LexArts brought Horse Mania to the streets of Lexington. Area businesses and organizations sponsored the 79 fiberglass horses that were decorated by local artists and served as public art throughout the summer.

Now the popular project has returned with 82 horses that are on display starting Thursday in Horse Mania 2010. Horse Play, a companion project gave school children an opportunity to create foals that are currently on display at Lexington public libraries.

Bringing back the Horse Mania project, which was one of the most successful in Lexington's history generating $1.6 million in revenue, was a no-brainer.

People have been asking for (Horse Mania) back since we took the horses off the streets. Bringing it back only seemed like the natural thing to do. Plus, with the addition of Horse Play, it all becomes a great way to promote public art awareness and raise funds for charities.

The public art display creates a "walking tour" that brings people to the city.

The horses and foals will be on display for the duration of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The horses will be auctioned off at Keeneland on Dec. 11. Proceeds will go to local charities and LexArt's developing public art program.

The foals will be sold at auction in 2011 with proceeds to be divided among each school's art program, Lexington's Youth Arts Council and related programs.

Here is the link for locations and this mornings gallery of photos.


John said...

The arts of horse are such amazing. I have no words to appreciate this art. I also saw the link which you mention in the blog, they are such beautiful.

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