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Honouring history - New images released of upcoming WW1 horse sculpture at Arborfield Green

Crest Nicholson has today released the latest images of the upcoming public art display at Arborfield Green. Amy Goodman, a well-known sculptor and portrait artist who grew up in Berkshire is currently sculpting three life-size horses in tribute to Arborfield Green’s former military heritage, as well as celebrating the role of the domestic horse in today’s strong local equine community.


The sculptures will honour the history of the former Arborfield Garrison site, originally established as a horse hospital and veterinary centre for the Remount Depot in 1904. During WW1 thousands of horses passed through the centre and two stable blocks still remain on site at Arborfield Green in tribute to the site’s past. The blocks have recently been restored and repaired through early investment by Crest Nicholson and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

 

Arborfield Green is now a fast-growing new community offering beautiful countryside living to families and first-time buyers alike. Barkham Place is the latest phase of the Arborfield Green development, overlooking Hazebrook Meadow and only a stone’s throw from Waterman’s Lake. Properties available at Barkham Place include one and two-bedroom apartments and a luxury collection of three, four and five-bedroom houses.

 

Marcus Evans, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest Nicholson Regeneration commented: “The new images look fantastic and highlight what a stunning piece of artwork the new sculptures will be on completion. They will be a fitting tribute to the growing community at Arborfield Green, connecting the site and its residents to the area’s important history.”

“Barkham Place at Arborfield Green is also proving very popular amongst potential buyers and it is a joy to watch this new community grow. We encourage anyone interested to contact our sales team to avoid disappointment.”

Speaking of the project, Amy explained: “I have really enjoyed working on the three Arborfield horses. Such an exciting commission; and I love this scale. I wanted to reference not only the military history of the site, but the recreational riding of today.  My rearing Cleveland Bay Gunner ‘Icarus’, is a light draught type that would have pulled supplies and munitions to the front during WW1. He is magnificent and free of his tack, but his short tail and hogged mane hint at his history. The Sports Horse mare and yearling will gallop along in front, with a trench between them, creating a flowing equine installation.

“The mare and yearling have already been moulded. I am just finishing the clay of Icarus now, and he will be moulded next week. A few months’ hard work casting and finishing ahead, with the assistance of Ryman & Leader Sculpture Castings, and they will be ready to be installed in their new home.”

For more information on Barkham Place, the finest address at Arborfield Green, please visit: www.crestnicholson.com/developments/barkham-place-at-arborfield-green/ or call 01184 024768 and speak to a member of the sales team.

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