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Horses for courses: Museum selects Anglo Pacific for priceless artifact move

[ June 19, 2012   //   ]

International removals company Anglo Pacific moved six life-size fibreglass horses from New York to the Museum of London in May. Now on permanent display in the City Gallery, the steeds are proving very popular with visitors.

The museum’s head of design, Leigh Cain, explains: “The magnificent Lord Mayor’s Coach has been the centrepiece of the City Gallery for some time now but we felt it deserved an added flourish to bring it to life so our patrons, the Harcourt Group, commissioned the creation of half a dozen horses. We chose British-born but New York-based sculptor, David Hayes, a specialist in concepts for museums film and advertising, for the role and the end result has been perfect. The Lord Mayor’s Coach is now getting the extra attention it deserves.”

David worked in discussion with Leigh Cain to capture the right look for the sculptures. Crafted in tough but lightweight glass reinforced plastic, the horses are 16.5 hands high, reddish-brown bay colour and a cross-breed of Hunter and Draught horse. To give the most lifelike finish, the animals have been sprayed with flock fibres combed into place to give a realistic hair pattern and the mane and tails are the genuine article.”

Terry Horsnell, Anglo Pacific’s Fine Art Consultant, added: “One of the great things about working for Anglo Pacific is that I can never quite predict what kind of consignment is going to appear on my job list next. Pieces of art such as these are irreplaceable and priceless so it’s more important than ever that the creators and those who commission the works select their shipping experts carefully.”

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