NEW YORK (AP) - An art gallery wants to unveil a memorial
depicting fallen Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro near Central Park
this spring, close to where a carriage horse died after it was
spooked by a street musician's drum and ran into a tree.
The sculpture by controversial artist Daniel Edwards depicts the
popular colt on his back, a No. 8 saddle cloth draped over his
belly and his hooves in the air, according to a statement from the
Leo Kesting Gallery. The gallery plans to unveil the statue April
30 to raise awareness for legislation urging mandatory disclosure
of race-related horse injuries and fatalities.
A spokeswoman for the New York City Department of Parks &
Recreation said it has not received an application for a special
event permit or a temporary public art permit allowing the
Barbaro raced to a stirring victory in the 2006 Derby, then
broke his leg early in the Preakness. His ensuing battle for
survival captured the nation's attention, but he was euthanized
after developing the hoof disease laminitis.
The gallery announcement came within a week of the one-year
anniversary of Barbaro's death.
"This has nothing to do with us, nothing whatsoever,"
Barbaro's co-owner, Gretchen Jackson, said of the memorial. "This
is not the kind of thing you'd really want to see.
"It's just startling that someone wants to remember Barbaro
like that. But it doesn't bother me. I have a great picture of
Barbaro in my mind. I know how everyone will really remember him."
Other sculptures by Edwards include a nude Britney Spears giving
birth on a bearskin rug, an interactive autopsy of Paris Hilton and
a depiction of Prince Harry killed in war.
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