Artemis, the magnificent horse’s head sculpture which stood for much of this year on the Trundle and then at Goodwood racecourse before being moved to Goodwood House, has left for a new home in Australia.
On Monday the 40ft-high statue by Nic Fiddian-Green was loaded on to a trailer and taken to Southampton docks to await the start of its long sea voyage via the Panama Canal, en route to its permanent home on the far side of the world. The ship carrying it will sail on Friday.
The sculpture has been bought by the widow of an Australian media mogul who had strong links with the equine world, and with West Sussex. She has collected work by Mr Fiddian-Green for the past 15 years.
Artemis will arrive Down Under on December 27 before the last leg of its journey to the family’s idyllic estate and its final resting place, where it will be a fitting memorial over the late entrepreneur’s graveside.
Appropriately, the horse’s head is no longer known as Artemis – it has reverted to the name Nic originally gave it – ‘I Look Beyond for a Distant Land’.
For the full story, read this week’s Observer (Thursday, November 10).