Limerick’s ‘Horse Outside’ continues to inspire

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

THE RUBBERBANDITS have a lot to answer for. Their breakthrough song, Horse Outside, is still providing inspiration to budding artists in Limerick city, who for a second year running have created a model of a horse for public display.

THE RUBBERBANDITS have a lot to answer for. Their breakthrough song, Horse Outside, is still providing inspiration to budding artists in Limerick city, who for a second year running have created a model of a horse for public display.

The 8ft high work, made of fibreglass, is again situated outside the Hunt Museum, which continues to engage with many diverse groups across Limerick.

Dr Dominique Bouchard, curator of education and outreach at the museum, said they were really looking forward to having the young people’s artwork on display in the museum forecourt again this year. “It was a big hit [last year] with visitors but I think most of all it was a great experience for the young people involved. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with such talented young people.”

It was designed by young people aged 10-18 who engage with Limerick Youth Service and Southill Outreach, where teenagers from disadvantaged areas have been encouraged to try a variety of art projects, such as mono-printing, graphic design, painting, and even rapping about their experience. The project is in association with the Limerick Corridor Art Programme and Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership who encourage young people across Limerick to engage with art.

The newest life-size horse takes its decorative inspiration from the Hunt Museum’s sacred and religious art, and evolved from a programme of workshops and visits to the museum.

The young artists designed and painted the horse, which also acts as a starting point for a hidden trail around the museum. The children’s activity booklet guides young visitors to the museum items painted on the horse.

It was launched on Saturday last by the newly elected Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin, Liam Mc Elligott, CEO of Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP), and visual artist Paul Tarpey of the Limerick School of Art and Design.

‘The Horse Outside 2’ will be on view in The Hunt Museum’s forecourt throughout the summer for all to enjoy.