2016 - 'Goodman's Field Horses' by Hamish Mackie and Ustigate Ltd (LONDON)
Winner for Excellence in Fountains
This fountain is made up of six giant bronze horses, each weighing a tonne and requiring over a kilometre of armature steel to make. ‘Goodman’s Field Horses’ sits at the centre of a seven acre development in Aldgate East, which will provide 1,038 new homes, 600 permanent jobs as well as a one acre public park. The sculptures were commissioned by Berkeley Home to bring alive the history of the site, where once Mr Goodman leased out the surrounding fields to London’s livery horses. The sculptures echo London’s rich equine history and highlight the profound relationship that a city built on horse-power has with this magnificent animal.
The fountain was designed by Hamish Mackie, a famous British wildlife sculptor, and was placed in the main piazza of the new Goodman’s Fields residual area, to celebrate British craftsmanship and the history of the local community. To complete the movement of the horses, Ustigate Ltd were commissioned to create a water feature design which created animated water effects to give the horses a life like appearance.
Hamish Mackie began his career as a sculptor in a converted carthorse stable and became known for his ability to capture the essence, movement and energy of wild animals in their natural habitat. Ustigate Ltd are a family owned company who have been designing and building innovative and visually impactive water features for over 40 years, working with architects, builders and engineers from initial concepts to completion.