Jen & Richard Gassner
Opening Day - June 2nd, 2001
Jazz is a horse of a different color - a carousel zebra who'll never have a problem standing out in the herd. Though zebra stripes may seem unusual on a carousel, Jazz actually borrows from a historic tradition of placing wild animals and circus creatures, also called "menagerie figures" on amusement rides - a trend popularized by renowned carousel builder Gustav Dentzel in the late 1800s. In fact, it was a photograph of a turn-of-the-century carousel zebra that first caught Jan Gassner's eye, then captured her imagination.