Mark Wallinger’s 50m sculpture of a horse wins competition for art project in £3bn Ebbsfleet development

A 50m horse is to be built at the entrance to Land Securities’ £3bn Ebbsfleet development as a southern rival to Antony Gormley’s “Angel of the North”

The equine structure is the brainchild of artist Mark Wallinger, a former Turner Prize winner whose works include a reconstruction of the Iraq War protest in Parliament Square.

Wallinger was named winner of the competition this morning. He will now work with Gravesham Council to put together a planning application for the 50m sculpture.

Victoria Pomery, chair of the judging panel that chose Wallinger, said: “Mark is a superb artist of world renown and his sculpture will become a real landmark for Ebbsfleet and the whole region.”

If approved by the local planning authorities, it is hoped the gigantic horse will be built by 2012. It seemed less clear this morning when the Ebbsfleet development would be finished – Land Securities admitted to Building that the scheme has been “scaled back due to the downturn.”