Another LexArts Horse Mania horse vandalized

Lexington police are investigating after someone broke one of the LexArts Horse Mania statues.
Published: Jul. 26, 2022 at 8:23 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington police are investigating after someone broke one of the LexArts Horse Mania statues.

LexArts shared pictures of the vandalism. The horse, “Cosmic Colt,” was painted by students at Julius Marks Elementary.

LexArts said two males were repeatedly kicking the statue around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, causing the head to fall off and the leg to break.

Ame Sweetall, the president and CEO of LexArts, said the students who made the horse should keep their heads up.

“We want them to know that their art is valued. It’s important to us. It’s important to the community. So we’re going to make sure they get their horse back one way or the other,” Sweetall said.

We’ve reached out to Lexington police about the incident.

There was also another incident of Horse Mania horses being vandalized last month.

If you see any of the horses damaged, you’re asked to report it to LexArts, and they’re also reminding people to not sit on the horses because they’re fiberglass and they can break.

“That’s one thing. Having people just try to take these interesting fun pictures with the horses, but some cases, we’ve had some real acts of vandalism where people are trying to damage the horse and do damage the horse,” Sweetall said.

She said they hoped to return these horses back to their elementary schools, but now they’ll have to start from scratch on a new project. The artwork itself could cost thousands of dollars.

”It’s heartbreaking. And I think the community agrees, it’s heartbreaking to think that the kids at Julius Marks have to sort of start all over again and that took anything away from their original horse,” Sweetall said.

The statues are part of a fundraiser with artists donating their time and talents.

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