Time Capsule to be Installed in Carousel Horse Today
September 23, 2010
What: A time capsule will
be installed today into Over-the-Jumps Carousel horse Smarty Jones
adopted by Chappy and Pat Chapman and Team Smarty.
Who: Little Rock Zoo staff, representatives of the
Department of Arkansas Heritage, and preservation
artist Becky Witsell.
When: 2:45 p.m. Thursday, September
Where: 1011 S. Scott Street Little Rock
(Studio of Becky Witsell)
Visuals: Artist installing time capsule
into Smarty Jones at her studio; horses near completion;
Background: As completion restoration of the horses
on the historic Over-the-Jumps Carousel nears, a time capsule will be installed
into carousel horse Smarty Jones adopted by Chappy and Pat Chapman and Team
Smarty. Thanks to a grant from the
Department of Arkansas Heritage and to the City of Little Rock, 39 horses on the carousel will
be restored to their original splendor and be protected against wear-and-tear
from outdoor exposure and riders. The
final horse will be left in its original state and not used on the carousel for
riding. Built in 1924, the historic
Over-the-Jumps Carousel is one of only three of its kind remaining and the only
carousel of its kind that is fully operational.
The Friends of the Carousel donated the carousel to the Little Rock Zoo
in 2007 after fifteen years of raising funds to preserve the antique carousel.