Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Four Horses of Helios

The Four Horses of Helios by Rudy Waller, Coventry Street, Haymarket, London
“The Four Horses of Helios” by Rudy Waller, 1992
Coventry Street / Haymarket
City of Westminster
London, September 2014

“The legend they relate to is that of Helios, the young and beautiful Greek god of the sun, who rises our of the eastern sea at dawn and crosses the sky in a blazing chariot before disappearing into the western waters as night comes. His son Phaeton, the shining one, hounds Helios into letting him drive the horses, to prove that he is the son of a god., but they are too wilful, too strong for him and Phaeton falls from the chariot to his death. It’s a story charged with boundless, blinding solar energy, but the artist Rudy Weller made these the blackest, wildest horses you will ever see in bronze. They are mean. See them snort behind the smiling faces of boys and girls from Tokyo, Texas and Telford, as the camera flashes go.”
(Cole Moreton, The Four Horses of Helios, ThirdWay, November 2008)

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