Public Art

"Ready to Run" Horse Sculpture

After much anticipation and preparation the 1st piece of public art made it's way to Okeechobee.  The horse sculpture is from the skilled hands of Blacksmith sculptor W.R. Nager of Lakeland, FL. 
Mr. Nager is the owner of The Blacksmith Shop. The Blacksmith Shop is located in Lakeland, Florida 33810    Phone: 863.398.4995    Mr. Nager says that "creativity,honor, quality, and craftsmanship are the underpinnings of every item or installation that we create.We design and create original works in various metals to enhance and compliment all environments.We specialize in taking your idea, designing it, and making it a reality.From large and elaborate entrance gates, to finely detailed sculptures for your office or home, to custom copper hoods for restaurants, our custom metal objects are admired and appreciated by all who come into contact with them."

The sculpture is approximately 10' tall and weighs about 2900 pounds with the base.  This piece will grace the entrance to the Historic County Courthouse located at 304 NW 2nd St. for up to one year.  Mr. Nager is hoping that by the end of the loan the "Ready to Run" sculpture will have a new owner.  The sculpture is valued at $25,000.00 and is a one of a kind.  For more information contact Main Street at 863-357-6246.

Thank you to the BOCC for their support and approval for bringing the art work here and giving it a place to stay for a while.  B&B Site Work and John's Towing Service for their assistance with installing the sculpture and additional assistance need by the sculptor who ran into car trouble on the way from Lakeland.  Special thanks to Heartland Living Published whom with her efforts we may not have been selected to have this unique piece of art.

Come out and meet the artist on Thursday August 20 from 5-7 PM.  Main Street encourages you to take a photo with the horse and use the hash tag #readytorunhorseokee.

Okeechobee Main Street would like to thank the Board of County Commissioners for giving approval for the placement of the horse.  B&B Site Work - Phil Baughman and staff for helping with the installation and John's Towing for assisting the sculptor who ran in to some car trouble on his way to Okeechobee. 


Horse sculpture installation video - click to play