Blaydon Races Sculpture
This artwork has been designed to commemorate and celebrate the Blaydon Races. It represents the final stage of the race as the horses and jockeys are approaching the finishing line. The artwork comprises three almost life size horses and jockeys, a three metre tall winning post and two five metre high flagpoles. All of the parts of the artwork have been fabricated in galvanised mild steel plate, pipe, sheets and other sections. The flagpoles on either side of the horses feature the text, Blaydon Races 1811 and Blaydon Races 1916 the dates of the first and last known races.
At 5 metres tall the flagpoles will be visible from a distance and will make the artwork stand out along the river. The flagpoles frame the design and provide an opportunity to commemorate the races themselves in words while also showing the dates the races were held. The three horses and jockeys have been cut out off 20mm steel plate and painted black to be seen as silhouettes. The design is two sided and can be read from the river or from the train line.