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The As-Yet-Unbuilt Giant White Horse Has Finally Bee Named!
What? Aren’t there enough giant white horses in England? Do they really need another one? Can’t they just wander around scraping up the chalky sod and find another? Do they have to construct one? Apparently the answer is yes. The proposed horse evokes ideas of national identity that artist Mark Wallinger said were behind the sculpture.
Wallinger’s submission, which draws on Anglo-Saxon legend, Stubbs’ paintings of thoroughbreds and the ancient White Horse of Uffington, won a competition to construct a landmark work of art to be placed by the A2 near Ebbsfleet.
A 164ft-high sculpture of a white horse will be called Kingdom, according to Alan Hill, the winner of a tongue-in-check Daily Telegraph competition. Hill’s approval of Wallinger’s giant horse is not shared by all. Due to be completed by 2012, the enormous white Kingdom will undoubtedly dominate the skyline in part of north Kent. Several people suggested it should be called the Big White Elephant; others proposed Eyesore and Nightmare. Jake Dowding from Girton, Cambs., thought the “only name for a 160ft steel horse” was Rusty.
One man even suggested structural improvements to enable the horse to collect and then pass water for “dramatic effect.” “When full, the tank should discharge its contents in a stream from the obvious place.”