Old Friends Farm Sculpture commemorating Medina Spirit

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GEORGETOWN, Kentucky – A Lexington sculptor takes a 100-year-old tree trunk and carves it into a memorial to competitive racehorse Medina Spirit.


what you need to know

  • Lexington Sculptor creates a piece from an old tree
  • The sculpture will be a tribute to Medina Spirit
  • The sculptor hopes to complete the project by the end of the month
  • The piece will stand at the entrance to Old Friends Farm in Georgetown

For almost 13 years Kippoo Tarus has created unique structures across the state.

“Sometimes it’s something different, a different medium, you know, sometimes they work with metal, sometimes ceramic,” Tarus said.

And this time he uses a 100-year-old dying tree stump in the entryway An old friend’s farm in George Town.

“Start with the lines again, draw the lines and follow them with the chainsaw,” Tarus said as he explained his process.

The sculpture will be in honor of the spirit of Medina.

“It’s really humbling to know that Medina Spirit is a great horse and, you know, [I was] commissioned to capture the essence of Medina Spirit,” said Tarus.

A tribute that Michael Blown says will be unique with Old Friends Farm.

“Like our own Mount Rushmore right there on Paynes Depot Road,” Blowen said.

Carving piece after piece, Tarus says it’s been a humbling experience for his career.

“It’s quite humbling, and I’m also happy to be the one doing it,” Tarus said.

Tarus hopes the horse will bring a positive vibe to all visitors. Tarus began sculpting last week and hopes to have the structure fully completed by the end of the month.


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