Lexington Features Bourbon Barrel Art

Sep 16, 2013

High Ridge Spring Water Artist: Mariana McDonald Sponsor: W.T. Young LLC Location: Limestone and Water St.
High Ridge Spring Water Artist: Mariana McDonald Sponsor: W.T. Young LLC Location: Limestone and Water St.

LEXINGTON, Ky--The latest art exhibit has hit the streets of downtown Lexington.  ‘The Bourbon Barrel Project on Town Branch’ is similar to Horse Mania, which featured painted and soldered sculptures of life size horses that were displayed around the city in 2000 and again in 2010.  This newest public art project showcases 41-bourbon barrels that have been turned into art pieces inspired by the regions distilleries and the beauty of the bluegrass.

Jim Clark, President and CEO of LexArts spoke to the Lexington Herald Leader after the weekend preview and said “Based on the preview, I think people will be pretty amazed by the artistry.”  He went on to say “This is different from Horse Mania…the themes are more unified.  It’s the landscape and the history of bourbon and how our landscape is the reason why we have the bourbon industry here."

The 41 barrels follow the Town Branch stream path along Vine Street and are on display through November 10th.  They will be auctioned off later that month to raise funds for programs supported by LexArts.