Motorists in Florida could be forgiven for thinking they had strayed into a Greek odyssey after a German foundry installed a giant bronze sculpture of Pegasus next to the busy Highway 1 in Miami.
The Strassacker Art Foundry in Germany has created the world’s largest bronze horse in Florida as part of a frieze which depicts the fabled winged horse Pegasus fighting a dragon.
A colossal mythical stallion has been placed close to Hallandale Beach on the busy Highway 1 which links Miami with the coastal cities along the East Coast.
According to its creators, the sculpture Pegasus & Dragon represents ‘the eternal battle between good and evil’. Pegasus, the winged horse from Greek mythology, conquers the dragon. In a representation of the Greek tales, the mythical creature soars up from a rock formation and pins the monster down with its front hoof.
Standing at 33m high, 35m wide and 60m long colossal statue is one of the largest bronze statues ever made and took over 100 workers to create.
The statue is mounted on a 400-tonne steel skeleton, composed of no fewer than 1,250 handcrafted bronze elements and has a total weight of a further 250 tonnes.
Strassacke’s Edith Strassacker and Günter Czasny said: ‘The bronze statue Pegasus & Dragon was already one of the greatest challenges in our company’s history, which spans close to a century’.
The Miami horse is not the only giant stallion statue which has been planned in recent years. In 2008 Turner-prize winning artist Mark Wallinger unveiled plans to build a giant 50m white horse near the A2 in Ebbsfleet in Kent. The project, which received public and council support never managed to get out of the stables after it struggled to raise the required £12 - £15million in funding.