KENT.- A white horse, 33 times life-size, could soon be Kent's very own 'Angel of the South'. The proposed sculpture by Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger is one of 5 designs shortlisted for a new £2 million landmark next to Ebbsfleet International Station, near Gravesend.
The landmark is intended to be an iconic symbol to represent the regeneration of north west Kent, which will see thousands of new homes and businesses created during the coming decades.
It will also be the south's counterpart to Antony Gormley's Angel of the North in Gateshead and will be visible 20 miles away.
The other designs shortlisted are:
a 'recycled mountain' with a life-size cast interior of a house at the top, designed by Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread
a craggy "recycled mountain" with a life-size cast interior of a house on the top by Turner Prize Winner Rachel Whiteread
a "nest" of steel latticework outlining 26 interconnecting polyhedrons by Turner Prize winner Richard Deacon
a "signal" tower of stacked cubes with a single laser beam of light passing through it by French artist Daniel Buren
a wing and disc - a reference to the winged messenger of Mercury, the Roman god of travellers and commerce - by sculptor Christopher Le Brun
An exhibition of the artists' proposals will go on show in at Bluewater shopping centre for three months from 27 May.
The project was commissoned by Eurostar, London & Continental Railways and Land Securities, the developers of Ebbsfleet Valley.
The winner will be selected by a committee chaired by Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Allan Willett, this autumn.