The Angel of Ebbsfleet

Ebbsfleet Landmark

No, not my brother the Rt Revd Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, this time (you can find him at http://www.ebbsfleet.org.uk/) but a new 50 metre tall monumental statue to be built near Ebbsfleet International Station. The artist is Mark Wallinger, famous for the ‘Ecce Homo’ of Christ on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth (www.youtube.com/watch?v=i74ME692wx8). Wallinger’s later work has a strong religious sense (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wallinger – NB especially his ‘Angel’ video) and the new giant horse seems set to rival Anthony Gormley’s famous ‘Angel of the North’. The whole way of how religious imagery is still live and kicking in today’s art is fascinating. ‘”It’s the imagery we’ve got” said one artist, so I don’t assume a narrow capital R agenda, but I do relish the way that art is still able to engage with the spiritual journey. Here are some links to follow up on the debate:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/feb/10/ebbsfleet-landmark-mark-wallinger-horse

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/4599446/Mark-Wallingers-white-horse-is-a-winner.html

http://www.licc.org.uk/culture/big-white-horse

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