Author Topic: What do you think of the White Horse?  (Read 8288 times)

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #25 on: February 10, 2009, 11:24:14 pm »
If the Invicta audaxes don't go past the giant horse, I shall feel shortchanged in years to come. That being said I managed to miss a Viking longship I cycled past on the Invicta 300 a couple of years ago.

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #26 on: February 10, 2009, 11:35:23 pm »
We should have more "Big Art".

I would love to see the Angel of the North, it looks extraordinary.

I pity anyone on LSD seeing this horse for the first time though. 

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #27 on: February 10, 2009, 11:57:56 pm »
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2009, 12:03:52 am »
by far the best white horse is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uffington_White_Horse    ;)

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #29 on: February 11, 2009, 06:21:36 am »
I like it.

I like big ideas.

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2009, 09:36:21 am »
It's naff. A realistic, down to colour, horse that size looks ridiculous.

I like the Angel of the North. I also like the Glasgow horse - and the only reason for not building a bigger version is that it could be too imitative.

BTW, Andy - agree about Uffington. Amazing, especially when you consider its age. It's not even a simple "cut off the turf" white horse, as most are: they cut trenches & filled 'em with bright white chalk. I cycle up there occasionally.

The Shepway one's also good.

But this thing - no. Dull, dull, dull. Franklin Mint, Cindy - all those. The only good thing about it is that the other contenders were worse. Rachel Whiteread, for example - her first cast interior of a house was good, a brilliant idea. But to regurgitate it for a commission like this? She can go & get stuffed.
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2009, 09:39:24 am »
I have to agree with Bledlow.  This proposal is naffness taken to the nth degree.
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2009, 10:19:45 am »
I'm afraid this looks to me like an unsuccessful attempt at a logo for BT. Too twee.



The big white horse looks from the images to be a one-trick pony: the visual confusion because of the expectation of a familiar object being a certain size. But I'll reserve judgement until I see it.

I agree it shouldn't have been neutered.

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2009, 10:48:17 am »
It's a rubbish on an epic scale.  Why not a nar*&&*()*&(*&*687689 NO CARRIER
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2009, 11:04:36 am »
It's in a boring pose, and it's wearing a bridle.  What's that supposed to mean?

I agree with Mr. L.


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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2009, 11:06:55 am »
It's dull.

The Angel of the North is a fantastically striking image.

It's not a Barbie Horse writ large.

I know Invicta and all that, but hey - Invicta is traditionally depicted rampant (as i think Jurek pointed out upthread). Do the maths on that sucker, Wallinger!

It doesn't do anything; it doesn't say anything.  It reminds me of the proposal for Brick Man at Leeds station.  At the time, I was in favour of it, but, in retrospect, it had nothing to do with Leeds, and it was just a technical (and not very magnificent) challenge.  Yeah.  Big deal.
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2009, 11:07:24 am »
Like the Glasgow horse, mind.  No bridle on that fella. ;)
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2009, 11:53:44 am »
Maybe I am simply a Philistine?


I love the Scottish Horse, I loved Terra Novalis, I loved the men in the sea at Formby... I think because the are all on a "Human" scale and you can interact.

This one has simply gone for size as opposed to any artistic merit or thought.

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2009, 12:54:24 pm »
The Angel of the North is appropriate to the character of the place.  I can't quite see the proposed White Horse in the same way. 

As a welcome to our shores, post financial crisis, I think a large White Elephant would be better.
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #39 on: February 11, 2009, 01:01:35 pm »
What about a giant bottle of beer ? Appropriate to Kent's heritage and the current culture ...
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #40 on: February 11, 2009, 01:03:28 pm »
There was a group on facebook a while back that wanted to buy a rudy great dinosaur (lifesize) and put it on the white cliffs of Dover. The idea being that the first sight that an illegal immigrant would have upon appearing from a crate would be a life size dinosaur. Well that and that fact hat it would have been just plain silly!

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #41 on: February 11, 2009, 01:29:26 pm »
I prefer it to the big rusty radiator grille Oop Narrth;

but I would have preferred something a bit more stylistic like the excellent Shepway horse (which resides on the hill overlooking the Channel Tunnel terminal and attracted much opposition from people whose view of the concrete loading ramps might be spoilt) rather than just a big Sindy accessory





Well:  big Sindy accessory?  Agree.  Angel of the North? Disagree - I quite like it and it shows way more imagination than the (you said it  ;)) big Sindy accessory.

The Shepway Horse is unquestionably a better bit of art than the Big Sindy Accessory┬«.  However, it involved destruction of habitats supposedly protected from damage from projects of any type, unless there were "imperative reasons of over-riding public interest."

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Now, it may be a nice horse - but: "imperative"?; "over-riding"?; "public interest"? Hmmm.

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #42 on: February 11, 2009, 03:14:19 pm »
Radio interviewer was sounding-out local opinion on this subject in Ebbsfleet yesterday.
One guy said "in this time of credit crunch, it's gonna be rubbish and a sore eye". ;D

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #43 on: February 11, 2009, 05:18:30 pm »
Waste of money >:(

I liked the idea of putting the money into supporting young athletes for 2012  :thumbsup:

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #44 on: February 11, 2009, 05:30:23 pm »
How come we all like the Angel of the North suddenly?
It was slated at the time of its installation IIRC.


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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #45 on: February 11, 2009, 05:37:43 pm »
How come we all like the Angel of the North suddenly?
It was slated at the time of its installation IIRC.




I've always liked the Angel of the North.
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #46 on: February 11, 2009, 05:42:59 pm »
How come we all like the Angel of the North suddenly?
It was slated at the time of its installation IIRC.



Yes it was slated.I didn't like it then & I like less now that it is a rusting eyesore on the landscape.

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #47 on: February 11, 2009, 06:23:55 pm »
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It's a bit shit.

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #48 on: February 11, 2009, 06:33:29 pm »
I love the Angel of the North and the Scottish Heavy Horse looks great  :thumbsup:

The Donkey of the South on the other hand looks totally crap  :sick:

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #49 on: February 11, 2009, 07:00:05 pm »
Surely this is the horse of Kent.



Now that, 100 metres high, made from a steel armature, clad with transluscent glass panels and lit up at night, that would be impressive, but 'Super Dobbin' no.

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