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UGA’s beloved Iron Horse giddy-ups to Madison

April 01, 2019 - 12:08
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The landmark has been moved from Highway 15 to downtown Madison 

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    The legendary Iron Horse, along with his new brothers, grazes in front of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.


The Lake Oconee News learned Monday that the Iron Horse statue, which for over 50 years has kept watch over Highway 15 near the Greene County-Oconee County line, has joined the herd in front of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.

The Iron Horse was created by sculptor Abbott Pattison and was not initially well received by the students of UGA. The horse was originally placed at Reed Hall on the UGA campus in 1954 but was later moved to the farm in 1959.

In 2014, UGA re-named the farm Iron Horse Plant Sciences Farm. The university uses the farm for agricultural research. The Iron Horse has since become a Greene County landmark, attracting visitors from near and far.  

The two horses that feast on shrubbery in front of MMCC are appropriately named Mama Red Horse and Papa Blue Horse. Artist Fredrick Prescott created the large kinetic sculptures that are currently for sale.

“I am excited to see fellow artist Abbott Pattison’s Iron Horse join the herd,” said artist Mr.Ed. “I think there will be an adjustment period for my horses to welcome him in due to his lack of color. I hope they don’t pick on him like the UGA students do.”

The red and blue horses have also seen moves of their own, beginning at the Madison Artist Guild before moving to MMCC in 2017. The two steeds were donated to the Madison-Morgan Conservancy by Ben Carter in 2015.

“Our sculpture garden continues to be filled with some of the area’s finest artwork,” said MMCC Director Morgan Madison. “The addition of this iconic UGA piece is sure to keep Georgia Tech fans out of Madison.”

*Please note this is a satirical article and is not meant to be taken seriously.