The nights that used to be dark and bland at Culloden Road are now colourful and attractive, thanks to the Origami Horses sculptures at the Ryde Centre of Riding for the Disabled Australia. What used to be bare open field on one side of Culloden Road and the unkempt backyard of Macquarie University on the other is spiced up by the three aluminium sculptures designed by Milne & Stonehouse, Sydney-based artists known for their work in the public domain, the natural environment and galleries.
Originally installed at the West Ryde Plaza in 2013, the horses origami have since caused pedestrian safety concerns. Council workers in the City of Ryde sawed off the tail of one horse in 2014 due to its sharp point, which posed a potential danger to children. A handful of people have been injured walking into the sculptures, but the tipping point happened when a man in his 70's collided with one of the sculptures and required stitches in 2017. It was then decided to find a new home for the Origami Horses.
The Milne and Stonehouse Horses Origami sculptures as night falls in Marsfield
The Origami Horses were welcomed at the Ryde Centre of Riding for the Disabled Australia (RDA) at Culloden Road in Marsfield. The Ryde Centre is a facility of RDA NSW, a non-profit organisation that enables children and adults with disabilities to enjoy and achieve physical, social, psychological and educational progress through participation in therapeutic horse riding programs and horse-related activities. In the morning, the Ryde Centre is a horseback riding course, but in the evening, it used to transform into a quiet, unexciting patch of grass with few trees, almost like abandoned. Not anymore, thanks to the new Origami Horses from West Ryde Plaza. The aluminium sculptures are well-lighted at night with beautiful colours, which is a welcome sight for pedestrians, joggers and just anyone passing by.