Artists from sister city Lexington create works for Horse Mania

By on June 10, 2022 0

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — Artists are putting the finishing touches on the fiberglass Horse Mania horses, which will decorate Lexington later this month.

Some of these Horse Mania artists come from all over the world and each of the cities shares a common bond.

“All Sister Cities have a relationship with the horse industry. So it’s only natural to bring these people in to paint for Horse Mania,” said LexArts Director of Communications Maury Sparrow.

“So Newmarket is twinned with Lexington, and it’s a center for horse racing. Its origins with horse racing go back to Charles II who loved the sport,” Nick O’Neill, an artist from Newmarket, said in a statement. England.

Earlier this year, artists competed for ideas to paint a horse for Horse Mania to showcase their communities.

“We had to make a proposal. So I came up with this idea of ​​the rising sun and the horses running up the hill, almost chasing the rising sun,” O’Neill said.

Even though O’Neill’s idea was selected, now comes the hardest part: turning that idea into reality.

“Obviously when I came up with it, it was on a little piece of paper. It’s a very different thing when you have to transfer the idea that I’ve done onto a simple life-size one. So the first thing that came to mind was the size of the horse, so panic aside, you just have to start throwing yourself,” O’Neill said.

“It takes a day just to see the horse and plan in your mind how you’re going to go about it. and the technique they’re going to use,” Sparrow said.

Before they are placed in the city, you will be able to see all the Horse Mania horses in one place next weekend.

The Horse Mania preview will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. next Friday and Saturday at Ashland, the Henry Clay estate.

Although admission is free, parking costs $10 per car.

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