OOS Sculpture

O'Neill Memorial

1949 / Viktor Schreckengost / Cleveland

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A bronze sculpture of a horse's head, with its nose pointed downward. The piece commemorates the benefactor of the Cleveland Mounted Police Unit, Hugh O'Neill. He was a decorated horseman with a knack for finding and breeding strong, successful horses. O'Neill supplied carriage horses and riding horses to presidents William McKinley, Warren Harding, and Woodrow Wilson. The hardworking Irish Immigrant found success in his horse business until the dawn of the automobile. Reluctantly, he entered the world of the motor vehicle, despite his detestation, and under the watchful eyes of his sons, the company became Leaseway Transportation Corp., a hugely successful trucking company.

O'Neill is commemorated here with a sculpture by one of the most important and influential artists/designers of the 20th century and local Clevelander, Viktor Schreckengost. The statute was unveiled in 1949, just a year after O'Neill's passing.

Location: south side of building, 1150 East 38th Street

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Viktor Schreckengost, “O'Neill Memorial,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed June 22, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/916.

Title

O'Neill Memorial

Description

A bronze sculpture of a horse's head, with its nose pointed downward. The piece commemorates the benefactor of the Cleveland Mounted Police Unit, Hugh O'Neill. He was a decorated horseman with a knack for finding and breeding strong, successful horses. O'Neill supplied carriage horses and riding horses to presidents William McKinley, Warren Harding, and Woodrow Wilson. The hardworking Irish Immigrant found success in his horse business until the dawn of the automobile. Reluctantly, he entered the world of the motor vehicle, despite his detestation, and under the watchful eyes of his sons, the company became Leaseway Transportation Corp., a hugely successful trucking company.

O'Neill is commemorated here with a sculpture by one of the most important and influential artists/designers of the 20th century and local Clevelander, Viktor Schreckengost. The statute was unveiled in 1949, just a year after O'Neill's passing.

Date

1949

Location City

Location County

Location Site

Location Street

1150 East 38th Street

Location Type

Media Base Depth

3 ft 6 in

Media Sculpture Height

2 ft 3 in

Media Sculpture Width

9 in

Media Sculpture Depth

2 ft 1 in

Media Base Height

3 ft 10 in

Media Base Width

2 ft 1 in

Installation Date

01/01/1949

Creation Date

01/01/1949