Posted 17th February 2018
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Today with great excitement we can announce that our campaign to create a new landmark for Surrey, to site Physical Energy beside the A3, has received planning permission from Guildford Borough Council - in the week that Tyne Tees celebrated twenty years since the installation of its Angel of the North.
This is tremendous news for our campaign to create a lasting landmark for Surrey. Public support has been overwhelming and our heartfelt thanks must go to the Art Fund, for running our #YayNotNeigh crowdfunding project through their Art Happens platform, their most successful to date, and to everyone who has helped us to get this far.
Sited by the A3, near Watts Gallery – Artists' Village, Physical Energy will signpost the rich cultural heritage of our area, for visitors, for Surrey residents and for those passing through our great county.
Currently on display in the Annenberg Courtyard at the Royal Academy of Arts until 6 April, the new bronze sculpture – which was commissioned last year to mark the bicentenary of the birth of G F Watts - will now be sited in a prominent location near Watts Gallery – Artists' Village, clearly visible from the A3. We have worked with Surrey County Council to secure this site, and are now working with leading landscape architect Marian Boswall to ensure the setting enhances the environment whilst safeguarding its ecology.
With planning permission now granted, we are actively seeking the final funds to complete this pioneering project, to ensure that when Physical Energy leaves the Royal Academy later this spring, the site is ready to receive the monumental horse and rider. With your support, together we can create an inspirational icon for everyone in Surrey.