THE heritage of REME will be honoured with a new sculpture commissioned for a new housing development.
Artist Amy Goodman has been charged with the task of creating the piece, which developers Crest Nicholson promise will be breathtaking.
The artist, who grew up in Berkshire, will sculpt three life-size horses which will be sited on the new Nine Mile Ride Extension roundabout, which was completed last summer.
The display pays tribute to the history of the former Arborfield Garrison, which was originally established as a horse hospital and veterinary centre for the Remount Depot in 1904. During the First World War, thousands of horses passed through the centre.
As part of Crest’s desire to honour the heritage of the site, it will also restore the two remaining stable blocks. These will go on to form the focal point for the village meadow and bridleway.
Ms Goodman, an acclaimed sculpture and portrait artist, said of her plans: “‘I have had a very clear vision from the very start of a rearing Cleveland Bay gunner from the First World War, 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 away towards her yearling who will be just ahead of her. Past, present, and future in an equine installation. I will also be working with Ryman & Leader Sculpture castings.”
And Crest was equalled thrilled as Ms Goodman’s work.
Anil Bungar, senior development director for Crest Nicholson, said: “We are delighted to have Amy working on this exciting project.
“The sculptures will commemorate Arborfield Garrison’s long association with horses and celebrate the rich history at its heart.
“We hope that they will be enjoyed by the whole community for many years to come.”