So, the UK has just announced that they are going to build a giant horse statue. How big? How about 33 times life size, almost 164 feet. What? No, I’m not drinking in the mornings anymore. I stopped doing that. Yeah, well, I don’t say anything about what you take to get out of bed. You don’t believe me? Here.
The landmark, which will be close to Eurostar’s international station, is intended as an iconic symbol representing the regeneration of north-west Kent, and the eastwards growth of London. Mr Wallinger, who was chosen over artists Daniel Buren and Richard Deacon, described it as a “tremendously exciting project. There was some very tough competition and I am honoured that the horse has won through,” he said.
As always, there is some symbolism to all this.
“From the beginning of man’s association with the horse, the horse was a symbol of power, wealth and status,” says historian Stephen Budiansky, author of The Nature of Horses.
Spending money on making a giant horse statue. The whole Economic Recession thing is making more and more sense by the day…