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: Cleveland Police Mounted Unit, 1150 East 38th St

County

: Cuyahoga

Citation

: Viktor Schreckengost, “O'Neill Memorial,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed October 25, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/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

Subject

Publisher

Ohio Outdoor Sculpture

Identifier

916

Location City

Location County

Location Notes

south side of building

Location Street

1150 East 38th St

Location Type

Media Base Depth

3 feet, 6 inches

Media Sculpture Height

2 feet, 3 inches

Media Sculpture Width

9 inches

Media Sculpture Depth

2 feet, 1 inch

Media Base Height

3 feet, 10 inches

Media Base Width

2 feet, 1 inch

Installation Date

1949

Creation Date

1949

Materials

Inscription

Inscribed on accompanying plaque:
"In memory of/Hugh O'Neill/benefactor of/the Cleveland/Mounted Police"
sculptor signature located on neck of the horse