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Driven to distraction by Wallinger

It seems drivers and insurers are in a tizzy about Mark Wallinger’s new 50m horse for Ebbsfleet, as it’s bound to ‘lead drivers to distraction’

In a poll of 1,000 motorists, conducted by an insurance company, more than half admitted they were distracted by major landmarks, such as Stonehenge, the London Eye and Wembley Stadium, while more than a quarter admitted to braking suddenly to take a longer look.

Astragal will be doing his bit to punish all artists who distract sensitive motorists - anyone know who carved those giant chalk horses on the hillsides of Wiltshire?

Postscript - 13.01.10

White horse plan moves step forward

Proposals for a giant white horse in Ebbsfleet - ‘dubbed the Angel of the South’ - have been put forward for planning approval.The horse, which will stand at 33 times the size of its real life counterpart, was designed by former Turner Prize-winner Mark Wallinger.

The piece won a competition run by the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project’s (ELP) founding patrons, Eurostar, Land Securities and London & Continental Railways.They plan to regenerate the area around Ebbsfleet International railway station with up to 10,000 new homes, offices, shops and community facilities across a 400-acre site, and hope the art piece will act as a symbol for the project.

The board has announced the white horse design had been submitted to Gravesham Borough Council to consider planning permission.

Chairman Stephen Jordan said: ‘This is an important step on the journey for this ambitious project. We are all pleased to have made so much progress over the past few months Mark Wallinger has been working closely with us and his input has been invaluable.’His concept is a technically challenging one but the response from the ELP team and founding patrons has been excellent.’

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