Back in April, Bold Life reported on the popular community project Art of the Horse (boldlife.com/trotting-to-the-forefront) — Tryon’s version, as it were, of the bear statues on Main Street in Hendersonville. The giant horse sculptures, appropriate to the equestrian town, were decorated by 12 local artists in a variety of down-home and exotic themes, including one adorned to represent the ancient horse of the prosperous Ting Dynasty.
Over the course of the summer, the statues have been gradually, ahem, trotted out — appearing at the Blockhouse Steeplechase in May, along other select venues, and at a big reveal last Saturday, as part of Tryon International Equestrian Center’s seasonal “Saturday Night Lights” show that included an artists’ reception. They’ll be auctioned live in a much-anticipated event this Friday, August 19, at the TIEC. A limited-seating buffet dinner at $75 per person was selling quickly at press time; the main event is free and happens 8-9pm.
Three-quarters of proceeds raised from the auction go to the sponsoring nonprofit Our Carolina Foothills, with the remainder benefiting the individual artists.