Giant Thoroughbred Statue to Stand in UK

A giant sculpture of a white Thoroughbred, 164 feet tall, will dominate one of the main entrances to Britain in three year's time after Mark Wallinger's design for an artwork at Ebbsfleet in Kent was announced the winner of a competition.

Taller than the Statue of Liberty, the fiberglass and reinforced concrete horse will be placed next door to Ebbsfleet train station, which is the first stop in Britain for the Eurostar trains from France and Belgium. The A2 road from the channel ports in Kent runs close to the site.

The cost is due to be £2 million (about $3 million USD) and when built it will be the largest artwork in Britain.

Wallinger, 49, has had fascination for horses and racing for a long time.

"It is a very English horse but we did it by importing three Arab horses (to form the Thoroughbred)," Wallinger said. "It's a symbol of import-export and immigration and emigration. Humans find horses more beautiful than most other animals."

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