Giant Gypsy Cob horse sculpture coming to Belvedere

15:24 07 February 2011

The Cob being made

The Cob being made

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A six metre high Gypsy Cob steel horse sculpture voted for by the public and created by an internationally renowned artist is due to be installed this weekend.

The Cob sketch

Andy Scott’s sculpture, to be erected on Sunday (13) on the roundabout between Picardy Manorway and Bronze Age Way, Belvedere, is a nod to the Gypsy community who for generations bred horses on the nearby marshes.

The commission which also celebrates the area’s industrial past is part of a wider £10.6 million programme aimed to encourage investment and attract business to Belvedere.

Regeneration councillor Linda Bailey, said: “Belvedere is a key employment area for our borough. We were fortunate to secure the investment when we did - just over two years ago, for an ambitious environmental improvement programme to transform the Belvedere Employment Area and Erith Marshes.

“The works will greatly improve access - with a new road being built which links the estate better to other main roads. Improved security and sustainability in Belvedere will provide a range of long term benefits for local employers, staff and residents. We want Belvedere Employment Area to become a flagship sustainable employment site and employers’ location of choice in the Thames Gateway.”

The wider project, including the sculpture, was funded by the Homes & Communities Agency and the European Regional Development Fund before the spending cuts were announced.

Arts and tourism councillor Peter Catterall, said: “This wonderful masterpiece will act as a strong reminder of the history behind this area. It will help brand Belvedere and act as an important landmark for freight and visitors.”

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