Mayor Greg Fischer announced the third running of Gallopalooza -- Bridles & Bourbon -- today featuring three new statues including an updated version of the much loved, life-sized horses displayed throughout the community.
Gallopalooza -- a charitable organization founded in 2003 to instill and increase civic pride by uniting the community through the display of artistically created statues -- is adding a bourbon element in the form of two new statues: a miniature horse atop a half bourbon barrel and a six-foot tall mint julep cup.
"Gallopalooza's visual impact creates a large dose of community pride and adds another unique layer to our city's personality," Fischer said. "In addition to the horses and statues which will be in place for a long time, the project will raise dollars that will further impact beautification and attraction, making Louisville an even greater place to live and visit."
A public exhibition throughout Louisville and surrounding counties, including Southern Indiana, will showcase 150 brightly decorated fiberglass horses, mint julep cups and bourbon barrel statues. The display will run April-October 2015 and will bring art to where people live, work and play.
"After the display period, the statues will be sold at auction with the proceeds benefiting Gallopalooza's two beautification partners: Brightside and Waterfront Development Corporation," explained Lynn Huffman, executive director of Gallopalooza. "Brightside plans to use the money to establish and landscape a Ninth Street "Gateway" into Louisville and Waterfront Development will use the money for the special LED lighting project on the Big Four Pedestrian Bridge."
"As a Louisville citizen since 1870, Brown-Forman is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Gallopalooza, an organization that uses its resources to make Louisville a cleaner and more beautiful place to live and visit," said Mike Keyes, Gallopalooza chair and president of Brown-Forman North America.
Louisville's first Gallopalooza saw 223 life-sized fiberglass horses hit the streets in 2004, raising nearly $775,000 for Brightside and 150 other nonprofit organizations. The well-received program returned in 2009 with 132 horses raising $375,000 which was used to beautify I-264 from Bardstown Road to Taylor Boulevard with 700 knock-out roses, nearly 100 trees and numerous bushes. Proceeds from that project are also being used to plan a massive landscaping effort along I-64 near Seneca and Cherokee Parks.
The statues are all designed specifically for Gallopalooza.
The new life-sized horse statue was originally sculpted as a miniature in 2005 for Gallopalooza's "At the Galas" program by one of the nation's top equine artists - D'arry Jone Frank of Prestige Farms.
The mint julep cup model was sculpted this year by Lydia Sargent, the Gallopalooza artist for the 2009 horse Winter Green (sponsored by Evergreen Rehabilitation, LLC).
Trip Sixx Studios, of Louisville, is working with Gallopalooza to develop full-size sculptures, using 3D imaging and printing. Those sculptures will be sent to Cowpainters in Chicago for molding and casting.
Brown-Forman is the presenting sponsor of Gallopalooza: Bridles & Bourbon. In addition, Doe-Anderson, PPG Porter Paints, Trip Sixx Studios, Lewis and Linda Prince and many other community partners are involved.
Gallopalooza is currently looking for artists to submit unique designs for the statues and companies and individuals to sponsor them for the display period. For more information, visit www.gallopalooza.com