Goodman’s Irish Cob in Water - 2014
“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)
Hamish was commissioned by Berkeley Homes to create six life-and-a-quarter size bronze horses for the main Piazza at Goodman’s Fields, London - for which he was awarded the annual Marsh Awards for Excellence in Public Sculpture and Public Fountains in 2016 by the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. Each remarkable bronze horse sculpture is available individually as a limited edition of 6.
Hamish’s larger than life-size bronze sculpture Goodman’s Irish Cob in Water is full of movement and momentum. Small and solid with feathered legs, it is a breed beloved of the Romany people.
Exact scale replicas of all the Goodman’s Fields Horses by Hamish Mackie are also available in limited editions.
THIS SCULPTURE IN THE MAKING
I chose an Irish Cob for this project, as it was a typically strong breed used as a general workhorse in London in the nineteenth century. I modelled the sculpture on a horse I found locally near my studio in Oxfordshire. This Irish Cob needed all its bridle wear specially made for it due to its large Roman nose. I sculpted from life and craned the armature onto the back of my trailer where I worked.