Color Carnival is a meme celebrateing all the colors in God's rainbow.
The idea of creating colorful and interesting statues, and placing them on the city streets, was initially born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1998 when they decorated cows. Chicago retailers were the first to bring the concept to America, and by the year 2000, approximately two-dozen cities across the US had adopted similar public art projects. It has become a popular thing to pick a favorite animal for a town, have companies sponser statues, deocrate the statues, then auction them off to businesses to raise funds to support artistic projects or local charities. I was visiting in Omaha a few years ago when they had statues of the letter O decorating the city. We saw the letter O made into all kinds of creative sculptures and many charities benefited. My home town has done the same thing with chairs. Every few years they will action off a group of chairs that prominent local citizens have decorated for charity.
My color carnival this week is about the Gallopalooza project in Louisville, Kentucky. For Louisville, the Horse rules the day. All around the town these colorful creatures can be found brightening up the city streets. Louisville held its first Gallopalooza project in 2004. They just held their second auction last November. My photos for todays color carnival were taken during a visit to Louisville in July of 2004.
Many of the 2009 entries can be seen Here.
To join the fun or to check out all the colorful entries of other players, visit Martha and her friends at Color Carnival.