The sculpture depicts Pegasus, the mythical winged horse whose hoof is said to have struck the rock from which the spring of poetical inspiration then flowed. Facing in the direction of Dudley, the figure of the horse is sturdy and modelled almost in the manner of folk art. His wings are covered with mirror mosaic and patterned to look like feathers in bronze, gold and silver. The eyes, the mane and the end of the tail are also covered in mirror mosaic. On the top of the head is a cut glass crest produced nearby at Stuart Crystal. For the artist, Pegasus is a symbol of creativity and freedom. Pegasus is shown with his four feet on the ground and outstretched wings, as if he has either just landed or is about to take off. For the artist, this alludes to the questions of where we come from and where we are going to, which is why he chose it for a Millennium commission. In the context of the sculpture trail along the bypass, it represents the future and the opportunities it brings. The mirrored glass and the crest both allude to the importance of the local glass industry in nearby Wordsley and Stourbridge.
The work was commissioned following a public exhibition in 1998, when the public were invited to choose the works for Dudley Southern Bypass from the sketches on display. Like the other bypass works, it has been funded through the Percent for Art scheme.
Related works : WMduKIxx001, near the entrance to the Broadfield House Museum in Kingswinford, is a smaller version of this work. Andrew Logan has made many versions of Pegasus throughout the world, but this is his first major bronze set permanently out of doors.
PMSA recording information