Reg Lenna seeks help to restore, reinstall ‘Horse’ sculpture
JAMESTOWN — The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is looking to return the famous downtown Jamestown sculpture — named “Horse” by its creator and known affectionately as “Horse ‘Fish'” — to its previous place of prominence on Third Street.
In fall of 2017, the sculpture was removed from its base on the sidewalk in front of The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts as part of an extensive capital project to the entirety of center’s facilities and property — including the sidewalk itself. Since then, Horse has been living in storage.
Now that construction has been completed, however, the time has come to return Horse to the public eye. The Reg is raising $5,000 for the restoration and re-installation of Horse on a new base in front of its 3rd on 3rd Gallery, now located on ground level at 108 E. Third St., formerly occupied by The Reg Studio Theater.
Heather Felton, house manager and director of hospitality, said Horse’s decades-long presence outside The Reg has caused it to become somewhat of an unofficial mascot for the arts center.
“Horse has been a part of our block for over 35 years,” Felton said. “It has photobombed almost every photo taken in front of The Reg. With everyone’s help we can get Horse put back where it belongs.”
An online campaign has been established at GoFundMe, which includes background information on Horse and encourages visitors to recall favorite memories or photographs taken with the sculpture. Horse was created in 1983 by Stephen Kemeniffy for an annual exhibit of small scale public sculptors called “Sculpture and People,” and won the Grand Prize — a purchase prize of $3,000 — the first year. The sculpture was said to be, “vibrant, joyful, and a symbol of youthfulness that was much needed in our downtown area.”
The GoFundMe campaign can be found at https://bit.ly/2TIhTHp. Personal checks are also being accepted, written out to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and with “Horse Fish” written in the memo. Checks can be mailed to 116 E. Third St., Jamestown, NY, 14701.