Since ages the most common art object in public space was equestrian statue, the dignified shape of a man on a horse. It was symbolically commemorating won battles or wars, or just simply giving glory to the powerful leaders. In collective consciousness it was always the object representing a man on a horse. How can we change the meaning of the equestrian statue in 2020 when we leave it to be designed by a woman? In particular to Iza Rutkowska, the artist that is involving people in redesign spaces they live in?
The object of a horse designed by Iza Rutkowska was set in front to the statue of Espartero Monument in the center of Logroño. To make a difference Rutkowska made a symbolical change by leaving her – resembling a gigant toy – horse free without setting any particular person on the top as a conqueror. She makes that to let anybody try to mount the horse with childish joy and nativity but with the power of change similar to the mythological horse from Troya. Everybody that is using the public space try to climb Troy.
The intervention has been made to make a notice for injustice in designing and using public spaces. The free horse will be in the public space only temporary while Espatero monument will propably stay for many years more. Lets have a look on public spaces nowadays from different perspective and think about the injustice we find there everyday. Let everybody that reach Rutkowska’s horse think about injustice being on the top and make individual change going back down.
Troy is designed to be seated in front of Espertero Monument but its very universal and there is many more equestrian statues to observe with the same difference around the world.
Troy was firstly made for Concentrico with the support of Polish Institute of Culture