Statue on the move in Mi­dle­ton

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

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.

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