Statue on the move in Midleton
An artwork featuring a horse and jockey parting company has been relocated to a grassy pasture near a busy intersection in Midleton, having grazed at a nearby housing estate for 23 years.
Cork County Council orchestrated the move at the entrance of Kennedy Park with the compliance of the Beechwood Estate residents, some half a kilometre away.
The ‘Fallen Horse and Rider’ statue was commissioned by the former Midleton Town Council in 1993 under the national ‘Per Cent for Art Scheme’ and sculpted from Kilkenny limestone by renowned Cork sculptor Michael Quane.
It was one of a trio of Cork sculptures carved by Mr Quane, along with works at UCC and in Mallow and which the artist defined as one body of work “concerned with connectedness and isolation.” The Irish Arts Review has described the Midleton piece as “an exercise in pathos” that “evokes sadness at the loss of power, strength and life.”
East Cork Municipal District chief officer Joe McCarthy says the sculpture was relocated to a site where two roads converge, “in order to integrate into the Midleton public arts project” and so “it would be shared with more people.”
The art piece joins several other high-quality public art pieces prevalent across Midleton.