It’s a fact that horses add majesty and beauty to their surroundings, but it doesn’t always have to be a living, breathing equine to achieve this goal.

A painted horse statue.

The statue sponsored by Waste Management of Kentucky, artist Wilfred Sieg III. (Brightside Foundation photo)

For the fourth time in its history, “Gallopalooza” will trot back onto the streets of Louisville, Kentucky. The horse-themed art installations return in April 2024 and will remain through October. Created as a way to beautify the streets of Louisville, encourage exploration by locals and tourists, and showcase local artists, the statues are sponsored by businesses or individuals via donations.

The art installation is similar to Toronto’s ‘Moose in the City’ initiative back in 2000, when 326 life-size moose sculptures were placed around town and painted by local artists. Gallopalooza will showcase 150 life-size fiberglass horse sculptures decorated by Kentucky artists.

The Gallopalooza initiative was launched in 2004 by the Brightside Foundation to beautify the community and foster pride through volunteerism, planting, sustainability and education. To date over $1,400,000 has been raised. And the 2024 version will be the 20th anniversary of the art event, which also coincides with another iconic horse event, the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Michelle Black White, the Brightside Foundation director and Gallopalooza 2024 co-chair, told WLKY, a local news station, “Now that nearly 20 years have passed since the inaugural initiative, the time is right for Gallopalooza to return with another stable of vibrantly designed horse statues to celebrate the 150th running of the Kentucky Derby.”