The statue atop each Breeders' Cup trophy is a bronze reproduction of the Torrie horse, crafted in Florence by Giovanni da Bologna during the 16th century. This summer, the city of Del Mar is preparing to boost interest in its first Breeders' Cup by offering local artists the chance to paint life-sized fiberglass replicas of the Torrie horse, then displaying them around the city in a program called the “Art of the Horse,” according to The Coast News Group. One local attorney has even put up the money to have one of the statues remain in the city as a permanent reminder and keepsake of the event.
“I grew up in the horse industry,” said Bing Bush, Jr. “And I'm very excited about having the Breeders' Cup here. We need art and for Del Mar this will be a great asset for the city.”
Artists were asked to submit designs to the program, from which each sponsor is able to choose. The cost to sponsor a horse is $7,500, and after the Breeders' Cup in November the pieces will be auctioned off. Alternatively, as in Bush's case, the sponsor can pay $15,000 to donate the statue to the city. The design Bush selected is called “Gold Coast,” by artist Cheryl Pelly.
“The opposing sides of the horses reflect opposites of each other with gold over silver, then silver over gold, both in a horizontal direction, like the beautiful coastline,” said Pelly.
Read more at The Coast News Group.
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