Turner Prize winner on list to create 50m statue in Kent to rival Antony Gormley's 'Angel of the North'

Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger is one of five artists shortlisted to create a £2m landmark statue in Ebbsfleet Valley.

The sculpture will be 50m high, more than double the height of the "Angel of the North", and should be visible from road, rail and air.

It forms part of a 1000 acres development between Dartford and Gravesend in North Kent, known as Ebbsfleet Valley.

The cost of the statue is covered by Eurostar, London & Contintental Railways and Land Securities. It will be built within the new Ebbsfleet International station, which is opened today by Dame Kelly Holmes.

Wallinger is featuring on the list together with French artist Daniel Buren and former Turner Prize winner Rachel Whiteread, as well as Richard Deacon and Christopher Le Brun.

The proposed designs for the statue will go on show this spring, and the winning artist will be chosen in the summer.