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Who are you?
I was going to write a long and deep/meaningful response of who I am, but I’ll just say I’m a young animal rights activist who loves art and design.
Where are you from?
I’m from the Jewish part of Fresh Meadows, Queens.
What is your background?
I am an ABC–American born Chinese.
What brought you to Youth Insights?
The subway. But honestly, my sister was convincing and I wanted to join a museum program.
What are your interests?
Animals (dogs), art, design, cooking, fashion, the color yellow.
What does art mean to you?
A necessity of life and a stalker—it follows you wherever you go.
What do you hope to achieve in the future?
To have a nice career that includes some art and design aspect.
When I hear Kentucky, I think: “Kentucky Derby”. I am no expert on the subject so my knowledge of the Kentucky Derby is limited to this very general idea: horses race and people bet on which horse will win. I do not wish to in any way offend residents of the state of Kentucky or organizers of the Kentucky Derby, but I have read some articles about the treatment of the horses that compete in the races. There is a problem with the use of drugs such as Lasix or Salix that is very damaging towards the health of the horses. It was reported that 95% of horses have tested positive for these drugs on the day of races.
There are also many horses in New York City, primarily used for horse carriages around the city. This industry creates horrible living conditions for the horses. They are fed garbage diets and barely given much water. There have been four accidents involving carriage horses within the past six weeks, including a white horse collapsing. This is a very serious ordeal that prioritizes greed over the health of these horses; the horses are not viewed as animals with feelings, but as disposable objects.
I would like to have the orphan bridge reconstructed into figures representing horses. This represents the derby and horses in the city as well. As you can see from the picture, it would be similar to a skeletal structure of a horse, like a cage in the shape of a horse. These would be life size. The bridge looks rusted in the pictures provided and the rust shall remain. This rust shows age and the history of the bridge. These rusts are colored dark red and orange, similar to the color of blood. The rust on the horse structures represents the abuse these creatures have endured and the permanent scars from the years of abuse. The cage like structure represents how the horses have been trapped in rigorous training conditions or in the daily pulling of carriages. I hope my horse structures would show the people of New York and its visitors the cruel side of the horse carriage industry and the abuses these horses suffer.
Therefore, these horse structures would either go in Central Park, spread out through the park, or they would be spread throughout the city. The area of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue has many horse carriages along the street and this would also provide some ideal locations with high visibility.
Animal abuse is a very overlooked topic. This situation is going on as you read this, and right before our eyes. There needs to be a change in the world, and hopefully these structures will help spread the message and open the eyes of many individuals to the world of animal abuse.