Shaping the Landscape
Many thanks to Rebecca Boardman for sharing on the OBOD Facbook page today Mike Petts’ amazing sculptural earthwork in Caerphilly, Wales. The sculpture is a 200 metre homage to the Pit Ponies that toiled in the coal mines and is affectionately called ‘Sultan’ after a well known pony who worked the local mines. Mike Petts used 60,000 tons of coal shale to construct the figure which took three years to complete.
‘Sultan’ is very reminiscent of a chalk hill carving; he stretches out across the land bringing to mind the Uffington White Horse. The lives of the pit ponies was desperately hard and there is something rather lovely about the way this sculpture appears to be running free. The giant hoof prints that surround the piece are a nice touch too!
Mike Petts has also created a wonderful bird observatory in the shape of a Marsh Harrier and an amphitheater in the shape of a Boar!
These fabulous images were captured by aerial photographer Steve Brockett.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I know it says Boardman Rebecca – but its actually Rebecca Boardman. And I am delighted you shared this! I have no doubt “Sultan” the Pit Pony was named for his Arabian horse blood, as Arabians are pony sized compared to other breeds. And since we work with rescued Arabians in mental health, it makes me even happier to see them immortalized in Albion.
Ah! We’ll correct the name Rebecca!! What a great project it is!