U2 guitarist The Edge has unveiled a sculpture he has been working on, which imagines "a zebra crossed with an Arabian horse" as part of a charity art fundraiser for children and injured jockeys.
The musician worked with his friend and regular collaborator, Irish artist Duda, to create the piece, which is entitled Sheba, for the under stARTers orders 21 horse art exhibition in Naas in Co. Kildare.
The public art exhibition and charity fundraiser saw 21 life-sized fibreglass horses painted by some of Ireland’s most highly-acclaimed artists.
Speaking about his creation, The Edge commented "This is a wonderful initiative to be a part of in aid of two most worthy charities, Irish Injured Jockeys and Sensational Kids.
"Duda has captured my vision of Sheba perfectly, I’m thrilled with it. The concept is a simple one: I’ve always loved zebras but as a kid discovered that they could never be tamed or ridden like their cousin the horse. This is my fantasy: a cross between an Arabian horse and a zebra!"
The exhibition was launched at Naas Racecourse on Saturday 21 of Ireland’s top equine artists were asked to paint their own unique version of a life-sized resin fibreglass horse sculpture.
As well as The Edge and Duda, Irish artists such as Lia Laimbock, Sarah Lennon and Marina Hamilton are also involved in the fundraising drive.
Tom Ryan, General Manager, Naas Racecourse said "We are delighted to host under stARTers orders today and to support two fantastic local charities, Irish Injured Jockeys and Sensational Kids."
After exhibiting at Naas, the horses will be sent all over Kildare so that the colourfully-decorated works of art can be enjoyed by the public at various trail locations around the county over the coming months.
According to organisers, the brightly-adorned horses will be found "grazing" and taking in the scenery in prominent locations across Kildare and surrounding counties to coincide with the opening of the redeveloped Curragh Racecourse.