Mark Wallinger's winning proposal is for a 50 metre high white horse, standing on all four hooves at 33 times life-size. Sited to stand prominently at Springhead Park, the Horse will overlook Ebbsfleet Valley, Ebbsfleet International station and be adjacent to the busy A2 trunk road. The sculpture will be seen by up to 60 million people per year.
The next stage in the development of the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project is to start the planning process. The Ebbsfleet Landmark Project team will work with Gravesham Borough Council as the local planning authority. At the same time, the Board will also continue the technical studies.
Mark Wallinger said: "This is a tremendously exciting project. There was some very tough competition and I am honoured that the Horse has won through. I and the team very much look forward to working with Gravesham Borough Council as the planning process progresses."
The Board of the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project endorsed the decision of the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project Selection Panel after having considered comments from the public engagement programme. This programme included a free, 12 week exhibition at the Bluewater Shopping Centre. It is estimated that over 6 million people had the opportunity to see the exhibition and the Ebbsfleet Landmark Selection Panel and Project Board had the benefit of over 50,000 comments from the public because of this very wide consultation.
Claire Owen, Curator, Futurecity