A SCULPTOR has won a commission to help artistically transform the former Arborfield Garrison in Berkshire.

Amy Goodman, a sculptor and portrait artist based in Quarley, has been commissioned to create a flowing equine installation for a brand new garden village.

Crest Nicholson Plc along with landscape architects Murdoch Wickham, are undertaking the regeneration of the garrison, rebranding this new garden village as Arborfield Green.

The site was originally established as a horse hospital and veterinary centre in 1904.

During the First World War, many thousands of horses passed through the centre, now marked by two remaining stable blocks which have been restored and form the focal point for the village meadow and bridleway.

Amy is currently sculpting three life-size horses, which will be sited on the Southern Gateway entrance to be unveiled at the end of September

She said: “I have had a very clear vision from the very start of a rearing Cleveland Bay gunner from WW1, stocky and muscular, yet magnificent. Rearing against the sky on a mound, with a retaining gabion wall that would be akin to the wall of a trench. His hogged mane and docked tail, a subtle indication of his history, without the need for tack and the ammunition of war.

“Across from the trench following the edge of the road so they can be viewed well by passing traffic, a sports horse mare will be galloping towards her yearling who will be just ahead of her.”

There will be a summer exhibition at Amy’s studio base at Project Workshops on May 12 and 13.

People can come and see the life-size clays before moulding and casting, as well as the other resident artists and makers in their workshops and studios.

For more information about the summer exhibition visit, project-workshop.co.uk