National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Iron Horse


Type Sculpture

     This is one of a series of twelve horses sculpted by Atherton and installed along the railway track between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. Drawing on Eadweard Muybridge's photographs of horses in motion, each horse is different in relation to its position along the route, and this particular one is captured at a slow walk, heading towards the end of the platform.
     The series of sculptures was commissioned in a collaboration between West Midlands Arts, British Rail and four local authorities, at a total cost of £12,000. An article at the time of their installation said that 'they move and pass you by like triumphant vestiges of the industrial life they embody and which was once a vibrant part of this area.' (1) The sculptures won an Independent/Gulbenkian Foundation Award for the arts in 1991.
     The name is a pun on the 'Iron Horse' description of early trains, and the pieces are meant to keep the passengers' interest along a length of track which is not particularly attractive.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Atherton, Kevin Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Horse Steel, painted black 1.8m high x 2.4m long

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvWVxx056 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road None
Precise location Wolverhampton Railway Station, end of Platform 2
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1987
Year of unveiling 1987
Unveiling details 1987
Commissioned by British Rail, West Midlands Arts, Birmingham, Sandwell, Dudley and Wolverhampton MBCs
Duty of care Railtrack PLC
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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