Future Pace

The White Horse \ Mark Wallinger

The White Horse \ Mark Wallinger

Futurecity Case Study

In 2006 Futurecity was appointed by developer Land Securities to develop cultural and placemaking ideas for the new Ebbsfleet Garden City. Proposals included the Ebbsfleet Landmark Competition, a 50-metre sculpture ‘Angel of the South’. The shortlist included Mark Wallinger, Daniel Buren, Rachael Whiteread, Richard Deacon and Christopher Le Brun.

Mark Wallinger’s winning entry, was for a white horse 25 times life-size, 50 metres tall, designed to look out over the ancient Roman ‘Watling Street’. The origins of the white horse as the emblem of Kent can be traced from 'Horsa' a mythological Anglo-Saxon leader who landed near Ebbsfleet in the 6th century. White Horse relates to the ancient depictions of white horses in England and Stubbs’ painting of ‘Eclipse’.

  • Client: Eurostar, Land Securities, London & Continental Railways
  • Location: Ebbsfleet Valley, North Kent
  • Photographers / Image Credit: Photography courtesy of the artist