I'm thinking of doing a series of statues, and so here is the second.
It's a life-sized monument to the Horses of The Wine in Caravaca de la Cruz, Spain, sculpted by Rafael Pi Belda, completed and inaugurated in 2007. V2 shows the statue from the other side. I replaced the sky in both. I think the sculpture is full of energy. I'll show you some front views next week.
The running of the wine horses is a celebration of the horses of wine. Around 60 horses take part in this unique event, which is incredibly dangerous, with a horse and 4 runners going at full pelt. The first to reach the castle wins, but the run is void if all 4 runners aren't still with their horse.
The ladies of the town labour all year to create the incredible embroidered mantles and there are prizes for the best dressed horse.
The myth of the wine horses dates back to the legend of the brave Knights Templar running up the hill to the Christian residents who were under siege from the Moorish armies camped at the base of the Cuesta. Their water had been contaminated and they were weak and dying of thirst. Hearing of their plight, the knights hunted for water, but could find only wine, so they tied skins of the precious liquid onto the backs of their horses, and ran them up the hill to the residents inside before the Moors realized what was happening. Once inside, the Holy Cross of Caravaca was bathed in the wine which miraculously healed the sick and enabled them to continue their fight and expel the invaders.
This feat of daring is commemorated in the running of the horses.
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