HAMISH MACKIE - THE GOODMANS FIELD'S HORSES
"At Goodman’s Fields we had the opportunity to create a landmark that celebrates British craftsmanship as well as the history of the local community." (Berkeley Homes) The 6 life and a quarter size horse sculptures were commissioned by Berkeley Homes to remember the livery horses once kept at Goodman’s Fields in EC1.
Hamish Mackie “It has been a sculptor’s dream to be involved in creating a wonderful new public space for Berkeley Group. This has been by far my biggest project. The horses needed 6.5 tonnes of clay. To put this in perspective I normally use 250kg of clay in a year.”
Each of the six, life-and-a-quarter sized horses including a Thoroughbred, an Arabian and an Andalusian – weighs a tonne. The horses hurtle in an arc through a piazza towards Leman Street where the lead stallion rears up. The sculptures were commissioned by Berkeley Homes to bring alive the history of the site where once Mr Goodman leased out the fields for London’s livery horses.
A Berkeley Homes spokesman described the sculptures as " a testament and showcase for the best of British creative and engineering talent".
Hamish has worked very closely for a number of years with Simon Allison, proprietor of Lockbund Foundry. The foundry has expanded to be able to provide specialist casting for huge sculptures such as Mackie’s horses. Hamish has been a close associate of Mr Allison since the latter agreed to cast his first sculpture on the basis of faith in his talent. “I went to meet with Simon and showed him my pieces. He took an incredible leap of faith and said ‘you make them and I’ll cast them and you can pay me when you sell them”.