June 22 - International removals company Anglo Pacific has handled the transport of six life-size fibreglass horses from New York to the Museum of London. Now on permanent display in the City Gallery, the steeds arrived safely and are proving very popular
Head of Design for the Museum of London, Leigh Cain, explains, "The magnificent Lord Mayor's Coach has been the centrepiece of the City Gallery for some time now but we felt it deserved an added flourish to bring it to life so our patrons, the Harcourt Group, commissioned the creation of half a dozen horses.
"We chose British-born but New York-based sculptor, David Hayes, a specialist in concepts for museums film and advertising, for the role and the end result has been perfect. The Lord Mayor's Coach is now getting the extra attention it deserves."
Crafted in tough but lightweight glass reinforced plastic, the horses are 16.5 hands high, reddish-brown bay colour and a cross-breed of Hunter and Draught horse. To give the most lifelike finish, the animals have been sprayed with flock fibres combed into place to give a realistic hair pattern and the mane and tails are the genuine article.
Terry Horsnell, Anglo Pacific's Fine Art Consultant, comments, "One of the great things about working for Anglo Pacific is that I can never quite predict what kind of consignment is going to appear on my job list next.
"The Museum of London horse shipment was a real pleasure to coordinate and we're pleased that the journey from New York to London went smoothly and was very quick.