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Trio in line for Landmark prize

PUBLISHED: 15:30 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 23 August 2010

THREE artists hoping to design a 150ft landmark sculpture have made it through to the second stage of a competition. Turner prize winner Mark Wallinger, Daniel Buren and Richard Deacon have been asked to refine their plans for the £2 million Ebbsfleet La

THREE artists hoping to design a 150ft landmark sculpture have made it through to the second stage of a competition.

Turner prize winner Mark Wallinger, Daniel Buren and Richard Deacon have been asked to refine their plans for the £2 million Ebbsfleet Landmark - the UK's largest and most significant public art commission since Antony Gormley's Angel of the North.

Project backers London and Continental Railways announced on Wednesday that they have asked the designers to look at engineering and cost feasibility in more detail.

Wallinger's Horsa design featuring a white horse in classical repose has caused the biggest stir, with ardent Kent supporters including Kent County Council bosses, appealing for the design to be altered to feature the horse rearing up, mimicking the Invicta symbol.

Victoria Pomery, Director of Turner Contemporary in Margate, is the chair of the Selection Panel for the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project.

She said: "The panel was very excited by all the submissions and has decided to take three forward for further development before making a final decision.

"We have asked Mark, Daniel and Richard to refine their proposals and to explore the engineering and cost feasibility in more detail. Our aim is to meet again in January to review their work in the light of this information."

The Ebbsfleet Landmark Project is a large-scale private initiative backed by Eurostar, Land Securities and London and Continental Railways, the company behind the High Speed 1 rail link.

Stephen Jordan, Chairman of the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project, said: "With such an outstanding range of proposals, it's right that we now look carefully at the practical delivery of each and explore further funding options.

"After all, this commission will not just be here for years but for generations to come."

With over 40,000 people commenting on the proposals at the Bluewater exhibition, this has not only been a monumental consultation exercise but one that has proved extremely useful and constructive."

Buren's proposal is a 'signal', a tower of stacked cubes through which would pass a single laser beam of light. At ground level there would be a jewel-like cube and a mirrored parallelogram in which the reflections of people, skies and landscape appear to visitors as they climb towards the work.

Richard Deacon's sculpture, the 'nest' would be a steel latticework outlining 26 differently shaped polyhedrons, interconnecting to create a skeletal framework.

Located in Springhead Park, at the south east corner of Ebbsfleet Valley, the landmark will be visible to millions of commuters and visitors each year.

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