Giant white horse among designs for 2million 'Angel of the South'

A giant statue of a horse - 33 times the size of a real horse - may become the South of England's answer to the North of England's Angel of the North.

The giant white horse is inspired by Horsa, one of the first Anglo-Saxons (the ancestors of the modern day English) to arrive in England. he arrived on these shores in the the 400s AD. The English word "horse" comes from "Horsa."

The white horse is also the symbol of Kent and appears on the Kent flag.

Giant white horse among designs for 2million 'Angel of the South'

7th May 2008
Daily Mail

The North of England has the Angel of the Noth (above), but now the South of England wants its own giant statue - probably a giant horse.

Standing almost as tall as a nearby electricity pylon, this imposing horse could become the symbol that greets visitors to the South.

The answer to Gateshead's Angel of the North is one of five shortlisted concepts for a 2 million work of art that will stand more than 150ft high and overlook Ebbsfleet Valley in Kent.

The horse, which is 33 times larger than life, would be seen by hundreds of thousands of motorists every day using the M25 near the A2 junction into Kent.

Riding high: a mock-up of how Mark Wallinger's giant horse might look at Ebbsfleet

The flag of Kent

It is the creation of Mark Wallinger, who won the Turner Prize last year for State Britain, his recreation of peace campaigner Brian Haw's sprawling protest outside Parliament against war in Iraq.

Other previous works from the artist include Sleeper - 154 minutes of footage showing him wandering around a German gallery dressed as a bear.

Wallinger's thoroughbred was inspired by Horsa, the semi-mythical leader of the Anglo-Saxons who landed at the Isle of Thanet, near Ebbsfleet, in the 5th century.

The word 'horse' came from his name and the white horse subsequently became Kent's county symbol . The artist may also have drawn inspiration from his first Turner nomination in 1995, when he bought a real horse and entered it in races.

A worrying portent was that the animal, named A Real Work of Art, was injured and only ran one race.

The competition for the Ebbsfleet landmark has been organised by Eurostar, London and Continental Railways and property firm Land Securities, which is planning to build 10,000 homes on the 1,000-acre site.

The four other proposals include a 'recycled mountain' topped by a life-size concrete cast of the interior of a house from Rachel Whiteread, who became the first woman to win the Turner prize in 1993 with a similar offering of a Victorian home.

Daniel Buren's cubes pierced by laser beam

Christopher Le Brun's wing and disc

The 'magical, fairytale scene' would represent the work of nearby quarries and the concrete industry of northern Kent.

A stack of 26 polyhedrons which connect to form a crystelline structure has been designed by Richard Deacon.

It is supposed to have similarities to man-made piles of stones, known as cairns, which marked routes, high-points and burial sites.

Christopher Le Brun's offering is a giant disc and wing, representing Mercury, the Roman God of travellers and commerce.

The gap between the two pieces of his work could become a community amenity space, with the disc used as a giant canvas for films.

Daniel Buren's 'signal' is a tower of five white concrete cubes, which would be lit up at night and have a laser beam in the centre piercing the sky.

Models of the five entries will be on display in the Bluewater shopping centre, near Dartford in Kent, from May 27.

The commission will be announced in the autumn.

Rachel Whiteread's house on a 'recycled mountain'

Richard Deacon's 'nest' of polyhedrons
while elsewhere children starve. But, it'll be pretty.

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