Trojan Rocking Horses

The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), with support from the West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, launched an international call in its search for “The Next Big Thing” — a quest to bring a unique and imaginative outdoor experience to the heart of the city of West Palm Beach.  From over 20 international submissions, a community-wide project called “Trojan Rocking Horses” by Finnish architecture company Casagrande Laboratory was chosen. 

The goal of The Next Big Thing Project was to inspire placemakers to create a new experience that would be interactive, unique to the place, artistic, and ignite the community’s imagination. 

Trojan Rocking Horses consists of eight life-sized rocking horses, each custom-designed by local children during design workshops and then fabricated locally, under the guidance of world-renowned Finnish artist and architect Marco Casagrande. The horses will begin their journey through various communities in West Palm Beach collecting messages from West Palm Beach citizens. 

“This project is special because it directly involves the community from beginning to end, and truly is a project of, by, and for the people in West Palm Beach,” said Sherryl Muriente, Public Realm Director for the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. “It will give local residents the opportunity to express their ideas and vision for the future of Downtown West Palm Beach through a visible expression of the community’s voice, empowering them in the process, as they build something together.”   


Click Here to read our press releases

Trojan Rocking Horses galloping into downtown (Florida Weekly)

“The Next Big Thing” Coming to West Palm Beach (Palm Beach Illustrated)


Thank You To Our Partners

  • Casagrande Laboratory
  • City of West Palm Beach
  • Bilgrav School
  • Cox Science Center
  • Esperanza Community Center
  • Gurferlady
  • Resource Depot
  • Rohi’s Readery
  • South Florida Fair The School District of Palm Beach County

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