Winged Horse Extravaganza



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The Winged Horse Extravaganza

The Winged Horse Extravaganza is a public art installation brought to the community by CitiArtFX, a not-for-profit division of Outer Banks Press, in celebration of the 2003 Centennial of Flight. From May 2002 through October 2004, 99 life-sized fiberglass horses with aluminum aircraft wings were decorated and displayed throughout the Outer Banks. Sponsors, either businesses or individual families, purchased a horse, commissioned an artist to decorate it and publicly displayed it for everyone to enjoy. Many of the horses were slated to be auctioned off in December 2003, but owing to an overwhelming number of requests from tourists and sponsors, the 2003 horse auction was postponed, and the Winged Horse Extravaganza was extended through fall of 2004.

The "Mane Event," the winged horse charitable auction, was held October 10th at Sea Scape Golf Course in Kitty Hawk. [»] Thirty-four members of the herd went on the block, along with original artwork, photographs, and related goods and services generously donated by some of our horse sponsors. The two primary beneficiaries of the auction were the [»] Corolla Wild Horse Fund and the [»] Monument to a Century of Flight. Many other local charities also shared in the proceeds of the auction.



Why Winged Horses?

While many feel that winged horses are a natural fit for this regional art exhibit, others question our choice. We at Outer Banks Press wanted an icon that would represent a beloved feature of our barrier islands, and we wanted to incorporate an element of flight into that icon. Since our northern beaches are home to what's purported to be one of the largest herds of Spanish mustangs still remaining in the wild, we didn't have to look far for a suitable image that for us symbolizes freedom, beauty, endurance, strength and tenacity. By adding wings, our project took flight.

Shop our StoreWe'd sincerely like to thank all of our sponsors, artists and friends who have made this exhibit such an overwhelming success. And to all those who visit or live here, we hope you've enjoyed viewing these one-of-a-kind works of art as much as we've enjoyed bringing them to you.

above: CATCHTHESPIRIT
artist: Karen Aniero / sponsored by Outer Banks Press

All horse designs are licensed by Outer Banks Press.
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