Planning permission is granted


We are delighted to announce that our campaign to install Physical Energy, G F Watts’s colossal sculpture of a horse and rider at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village and alongside the A3 has received planning permission from Guildford Borough Council – in the year that Tyne Tees celebrates twenty years since the installation of Angel of the North.

This is tremendous news for our campaign to create a new landmark for Surrey. Public support has been overwhelming.

Our heartfelt thanks go to our #YayNotNeigh crowdfunding project donors and to everyone who has helped us get this far.

Until recently, the new bronze cast enjoyed five months on display in the Annenberg Courtyard at the Royal Academy of Arts. It is estimated that 750,000 saw the sculpture in its central London location.

This summer, Physical Energy will travel to its final destination close to the southbound A3 slip road (Compton) south of Guildford. We have worked with Surrey County Council to secure this site and leading landscape architect Marian Boswall to prepare the site whilst safeguarding its ecology.

Stay tuned for installation updates!

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