As part of the new Ebbsfleet Garden City there will be more than 1,035 acres of land available for new homes and commercial businesses, equivalent to three Hyde Parks in size. In 2006 Futurecity was appointed by Land Securities to develop cultural and placemaking ideas for the 40 per cent of publicly accessible open space and parkland. Our 12 pamphlets explored culture-led ideas such as the Elephant Fair, a triennial festival using pageant, procession and carnival to promote the area’s palaeolithic, Roman and Anglo-Saxon history, the Agora debating space, Run Ebbsfleet track and trails, a sculpture park and the Ebbsfleet Landmark International art competition, won by artist Mark Wallinger whose proposal for a 50m high White Horse was granted planning permission in 2010. A lifesize sculpture of a thoroughbred racehorse, made from marble and resin, was unveiled outside the British Council’s London headquarters on the Mall in March 2013.
Photography by Stephen White
Mark Wallinger won the 2007 Turner prize for State Britain, a recreation of protester Brian Haw's anti-war display in Parliament Square, London.