Two tonne Gypsy Cob sculpture installed in Belvedere
PUBLISHED: 12:57 14 February 2011 | UPDATED: 10:15 15 February 2011
A two tonne sculpture which took ten months to build has been installed at a roundabout near an industrial estate.
Internationally renowned sculptor Andy Scott was at the installation of his first London artwork at the roundabout between Picardy Manorway and Bronze Age Way, Belvedere, on Sunday (13).
The six metre galvanised steel sculpture, which was chosen by the public out of a shortlist of two, is a nod to the Gypsy community who for generations bred horses on the nearby marshes.
Scott said: “It has been a challenge to capture the spirit of these horses and I hope the artwork will become a much-loved local landmark and will become synonymous with the area.
“It is special to me as it is my first piece in the capital.”
Mr Scott and his team began installation at approximately 12pm and finished at dusk.
The sculptor said: “I was delighted. The scale works really well with the roundabout. There was talk about illuminating the sculpture at night which I think would work really well.
“Now, I hope the local community take ownership of the piece too.
“It is a cliché but public art can change a place. It creates a place that people can identify with.”
The commission which also celebrates the area’s industrial past is part of a wider £10.6 million programme aimed to encourage investment and attract business to Belvedere.
Bexley council’s arts manager Saskia Delman said: “The striking horse sculpture tosses its head and mane in the air with its tail flowing behind in the wind, designed to celebrate the industrial and cultural heritage of the Belvedere area and to create a local landmark for residents, visitors and businesses within the industrial estates.”
Mr Scott next commissions include a centaur and a bull on roundabouts in Staffordshire signifying the area’s farming background and a sculpture of a mother and child in Alloa, East Scotland, to commemorate those in the armed forces and emergency services. And housing Association Sanctuary in Glasgow have commissioned him to complete a steel mural of the city’s famous son Billy Connolly, on the side of a new housing development.