11 Feb 2009

Giant horse England's 'Angel of the South'

10:07 pm on 11 February 2009

A giant white horse will be built on a country hillside in southern England as part of a Stg 2 million public art prize.

Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger designed the 50 metre-high steel sculpture, which has been chosen as the new symbol of the north-west Kent region.

The sculpture will be built at Ebbsfleet and be seen by millions of drivers and passengers travelling on the Eurostar train service between London and France.

Dubbed the "Angel of the South", the horse was chosen from a shortlist of three possible sculptures including a latticework nest and a tower of stacked cubes.

It is expected to be completed in 2012 and stand twice as tall as Antony Gormley's famous Angel of the North sculpture in Gateshead, near Newcastle in north-east England.

Wallinger based his winning design on a real racehorse called Riviera Red, which is part-owned by the artist.