Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Tuesday 17 February 2009

I'm in two minds..

about Mark Wallinger's proposal for a giant statue of a horse at Ebbsfleet. No objection to big statues, or to horses (and heaven knows, Ebbsfleet is the kind of non-place that needs something to make it memorable). But it does look a bit soppily static - and one can only imagine the jokers who might be inclined to pile up suitable offerings beneath its rear end. No doubt there would be some engineering problems to make it more like Stubbs' Whistlejacket - and at least it wasn't Jeff Koons, or we'd have had a gigantic My Little Pony.

Of one thing I am sure: the music for its grand inauguration (if it should ever happen). It's a big horse, after all:

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