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Mrs Pingu

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What do you think of the White Horse?
« on: February 10, 2009, 07:53:45 pm »
BBC NEWS | England | Kent | Giant horse to become £2m artwork

It might be big, but I thought it was a bit, well, boring. It's not very 'arty'.....
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2009, 07:56:26 pm »
I thought several things:

1. It won't be long until someone hangs an enormous knob on it.
2. The photo to have in one's album will be of one sitting on it.
3. It'll grow lichen and go green.
4. It'll blow over in a gale.

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2009, 08:00:24 pm »
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The landmark, which will be close to Eurostar's international station, is intended as an iconic symbol representing the regeneration of north-west Kent, and the eastwards growth of London.

 ???

London hasn't had any links with horses since the breweries stopped using them for deliveries.

Unless they're trying to suggest that Kent as modern and forward thinking as London was 80 years ago....  :demon:
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2009, 08:03:05 pm »
It's really tacky.  Why not three giant plaster ducks instead?

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2009, 08:05:47 pm »
I'm not volunteering to muck out a 50m horse.

That's going to be one big pile.
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2009, 08:31:54 pm »

First thought :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8j2ej5jqQw

second thought :

target for graffiti  ::-)

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 08:38:02 pm »
Even less useful and more tacky than The Dome  If they want something to celebrate the Olympics, than put the 2 big M's into training facilities for young athletes.

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 08:38:49 pm »
Well I like it.

But it does need a giant willy.
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 08:41:21 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




Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 08:49:08 pm »
What with the 35 m "Kelpies" in Falkirk



...........and the Clydesdale at Easterhouse (much better than the bland Kent offering - but at a minimalist 4.5m)





Giant Horses seem to be taking over from the giant Phalluses popular at the Millenium.

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2009, 08:57:35 pm »
I think its great - it'll be a fantastic 'WTF' moment as you drive past.

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2009, 09:12:17 pm »
I think it has potential - but that which is proposed is a bit, well..... staid.

Had they gone for the prancing horse of Invicta - with which Kent has had a connection since the time of the Norman invasion, that would make sense.

Ho yes!  33 times its normal size and reared up on it's hind legs - that would turn a few heads for sure.
(Edit - as well as giving the structural engineers a run for their money  :D)

This, however is going to be more of a shock-and-awe-lite effect.

A bit .... safe.

My little pony comes to mind.....

It could still prove to be a useful and entertaining diversion on the FNRttC to Whitstable as it's proposed site is a stone's throw from the route.



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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2009, 09:15:07 pm »
A White Horse?
I prefer a Glenfiddich ;)

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2009, 09:21:56 pm »
It's really tacky.  Why not three giant plaster ducks instead?

Yup, it does have a whiff of the Franklin Mint about it  ;D

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2009, 09:48:08 pm »

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Why not three giant plaster ducks instead?


Maybe it's a big Horse I'm a Londoner

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2009, 09:49:02 pm »
Maybe it's a big Horse I'm a Londoner
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2009, 10:21:15 pm »
IMO it's not sufficiently stylised, and it shouldn't be white, but similar material to the angel o t N.
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2009, 10:41:28 pm »
That Heavy Horse is absolutely bloody fantastic.  I love it!

The white horse?  I too thought "it's a bit, well, ordinary and Sindy-accessory".  But it might work.  Betcha Banksy puts a giant inflatable jockey on it.  :)
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #18 on: February 10, 2009, 11:01:20 pm »
it didn't exactly have stiff competition did it?  :-\

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2009, 11:06:50 pm »
It's boring and twee. Just because its big doesn't make it interesting. It's not like it's size will even be a huge engineering challenge these days.
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 #20 on: February 10, 2009, 11:07:03 pm »
I think its great - it'll be a fantastic 'WTF' moment as you drive past.


+1

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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #21 on: February 10, 2009, 11:07:37 pm »
Let's hope b3ta user Hoogie doesn't find out:

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Erm, another technically NSFW link.  It's been making me laugh like an idiot for several years now though.

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #22 on: February 10, 2009, 11:10:22 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





I absolutely agree with your second point - but I love the rustiness and muckiness of the Angel of the North.  It gives it a bit of reality, since it connects it to the steel mills of Teesside and the iron of the Cleveland Hills, a connection to the (realtively) local area which this horse rather lacks.

Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2009, 11:18:16 pm »

 I too thought "it's a bit, well, ordinary and Sindy-accessory". 


I knew it looked familiar!

Better Sindy than Barbie though. Even I draw the line at pink horses.
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Re: What do you think of the White Horse?
« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2009, 11:18:47 pm »
White horses are a very Southern thing though owing to the chalk on / in the hills; I'm already thinking of a 200km ride that connects this statue with two other chalk versions (Folkestone and Litlington)