24th Feb, 2020

Coventry horse sculpture restored and unveiled

Felix Nobes 8th Feb, 2018

A FAMED horse sculpture has been restored and officially unveiled at its new home in Coventry.

The 12 foot tall black horse named Trigger was located at the island at Greyfriars Green from 1985.

But the horse was taken down as construction began on junction six of the Ring Road.

The sculpture has been restored near his original position on a mount at Greyfriars Green.

Trigger’s regeneration is part of a £2million project funded by the government’s Local Growth Fund.

While the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) oversaw the scheme.

The horse called Bucephalus (affectionately known as trigger) was created by Coventry University student, sculptor and resident of Coventry, Simon Evans, from scrap materials.

He named Trigger after the black horse once ridden by Alexander the Great.

Trigger has been restored by specialist installer of metal artwork, Andrew Langley, from Art Fabrications in Fenny Drayton, Nuneaton.

Andrew was a close friend of Evans, who died in 2010.

Paula Deas, operations director at the CWLEP, said: “The refurbished artwork is a perfect legacy to Simon Evans’ original sculpture. This magnificent and powerful public piece of artwork is now on display.

“We hope a new generation will love him as much as he has been in the past particularly as we countdown to Coventry being the UK City of Culture in 2021.”

Councillor Jayne Innes, Coventry council’s cabinet member for city services, said: “Trigger remained a symbol of strength and hope as intended when he was created by Simon Evans.

“I’m delighted that Bucephalus is back where he belongs.

“Art is a really important part of successful towns and cities and I was keen that he returned to a spot where he can be seen and admired by lots of people.

“He will be visible from the Ring Road and thousands of people will see him every day as they walk to and from the station.

She added: “I’d like to thanks the artist’s family for their patience while he was repaired and I’d like to thank Andy for undertaking the restoration and for doing such a fine job.”

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