LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A celebration Thursday in Louisville kicked-off the restoration project of a Highlands icon.
The statue of General John Breckinridge Castleman and his horse Carolina, which sits Cherokee Parkway, turns one hundred in November.
Castleman played a key role in creating Louisville's park system and with bringing Frederick Law Olmsted to Louisville to design Cherokee Park.
To mark the anniversary, the Cherokee Triangle Association has been raising the $40,000 needed to restore the monument; which is a little beaten up from years of exposure to the elements. The last major work was done in 1992.
"All of that will be stripped to that original bronze, the 1992 patina will be put back on it, it'll be re-sealed and re-waxed and then we'll put in place a regular maintenance program so we won't have to do a full restoration in 25 years like we are now,” said Tim Holz, President of the Cherokee Triangle Association.
Louisville artist Pat Hagan created the watercolor painting of the statue and it was unveiled at Thursday's kick-off event.
Prints will be sold with money going to the restoration project. The restoration of the Castleman statue will start October 1.