This is one of twelve 30”W x 25”T x 6”D embellished resin sculptures from FIRST NIGHT Burlington County’s Year of the Horse exhibit. Designs were chosen from those submitted in response to a regional Artists Prospectus.
The idea of getting local artists to decorate fiberglass animals and display them around town began with a “Cows on Parade” exhibit in Zurich during the summer of 1998, which moved to Chicago in 1999, and came to New York in the summer of 2000. Since then, scores of towns have done it: pink flamingos in Miami Beach, mustangs in Santa Fe, bears in Berlin, donkeys and elephants in DC. Mount Holly was the first town in South Jersey to host such an exhibit in 2004 with the Year of the Monkey, to correspond with the upcoming Lunar Year. Our Year of the Rooster, Dog, Pig and Ox storefront sculpture shows followed. 2014 is the Year of the Horse.
Half of the proceeds from the sale of this piece will go back to the Artist, and the other half to Main Street Mount Holly to further downtown revitalization of the county seat.
Initial funding for this project was made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts from a grant to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Department of Resource Conservation, Division of Parks.