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Patriotism in Aiken, South Carolina
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denmother4
N 33° 33.568 W 081° 43.429
17S E 432813 N 3713547
Quick Description: Patriotism proudly displays so many beautiful icons of America's patriotism as he stands guarding the downtown area of Aiken from his vantage point of Park Avenue and Laurens Street.
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 10/31/2012 12:22:35 PM
Waymark Code: WMFKQ8
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 1

Long Description:
"Aiken's growing interest in the arts inspired the project, titled Horseplay, which naturally reflects the city's historic status as an equestrian center. Horse towns like Lexington, KY, Saratoga Springs, NY, and Ocala, FL, successfully hosted projects using the horse as the artist's empty canvas.

Anne Campbell of Dogwood Stable in Aiken visited these cities to learn about their public art projects. Campbell said she knew the Aiken community would embrace an event of its own. She and project chairman Bill Reynolds got to work by forming a committee to plan Horseplay and secure funding.

About 30 local sponsors volunteered to purchase life-size fiberglass models of horses and provide the honoraria for the selected artists. Over 130 artists from South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia responded to the call for artists by submitting proposed ideas for creating artwork on the horses.

After the public unveiling event, the horses were located in highly visible locations throughout the city and later sold at auction.

Horseplay was created through a partnership among Aiken Center for the Arts, United Way of Aiken County, and the City of Aiken. The city helped to make the project financially feasible and is assisting planners in managing public events. The balance of work is conducted by a large volunteer force.

Horseplay raised between $100,000 and $150,000 through event income as well as merchandise and auction sales. Proceeds have enabled qualifying seniors and children to participate in art programs at Aiken Center for the Arts through scholarships."

The information above was supplied to the waymarked fiberglass horse Magnolia Mare by waymarker frivlas. The Horseplay event left some beautiful artwork, but there is very little information available about it now. Links to information are broke or website domains have been put up for adoption. There were 31 original horses. The Aiken Center for the Arts has a list of where 16 of these horses were at last count. Many of them were sold to private citizens.
Physical Address:
Intersection of Park Avenue and Laurens Street
Aiken, SC United States of America

Horses Name: Patriotism

Web site: Not listed

Background Story: Not listed

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