So they are going to erect a 50 metre high White Horse alongside the A2 to overlook the proposed new town of Ebbsfleet. The Horse on the Kentish flag (Invicta)is rearing up on it's hind legs and does not look like it should be pulling a milk float. I wonder if upon completion a door will open in it's belly and an Army of invaders will emerge.
The Angel of the North is a sculptor's idea of an angel and looks superb because it is abstract, especially in real life. This horse thing is a just a true-life copy with no imagination from the 'sculptor' and needs no thought or imagination from the viewer. I think it looks dreadful but I'll reserve final judgement until it is erected...if it gets erected.
I don't think it would look half as bad if it wasn't wearing a bridle and planted solidly on it's four feet.The rearing white stallion, from the county flag, at least signifies spirit, life and movement. Grey Goo rightly observes it would look as if it would pulling a milk float, hardly the right image - dull, plodding and old-fashioned as opposed to vibrant, powerful and innovative.
What I want to know is in these days of recession and credit crunch, who's got the £2,000,000 to spare for such a monumental folly. I have a sneaky suspicion that project manager Mark Davy has no answer to that question at the moment and that his comment "There could be short-term funding problems." Should be classified as an understatement of earth shattering proportions.