This horse head sculpture by Nic Fiddian Green is installed near Milan, Italy. The head rests on the surface of the pond, giving the illusion of a horse serenely drinking. I could sit and literally drink in that image of serenity all day.
Fiddian-Green is known for his horse head sculptures, especially his Horse at Water series, which includes a huge bronze installation at London’s Hyde Park Corner. The balance of the heads is exquisite. They are poised on the cusp of movement, the stillness an anticipation of their movement. The tranquility of the moment suspended in time.
While a wandering student at the Chelsea College of Art in London, Nic Fiddian Green was sent with his classmates to the British Museum in search of inspiration. He chanced upon the Elgin Marbles and was drawn to the horse of Selene, who was said to pull the chariot of the moon across the sky. The sight of it set him off on a journey to find the same perfection in sculpted equestrian form.
“It just completely absorbed me,” Fiddian Green says about the ancient sculpture, “and it became my vehicle for my emotion and expression.”
Nic Fiddian Green’s Lifelong Homage to the Horse
Fiddian-Green believes that the horse is the animal that has had the greatest impact on man’s destiny and his sculptures pay homage to the bond between man and horse.
The artist works from a studio in the stable block in Surrey, using the horses there as life models. He and his wife Henrietta, an equestrian, have six horses and four children.