Visitors approaching Lutterworth’s southern gateway are being greeted by white stone horses after the completion of a landmark art project.
The 20ft horses on the Regent Court embankment celebrate the town’s past as a bustling coaching town. They were designed and completed by artist Graeme Mitcheson following a £16,000 scheme.
Lutterworth Town Council and Leicestershire County Council began work with Mantle Community Arts in November 2011 to commission a “gateway feature” for the town on the embankment, which had turned into an eyesore in recent years.
The project brief was to create a modern, iconic art work which would symbolise and celebrate Lutterworth while also acknowledging its heritage.
Designs including sculptures of flowers and railway tracks or roads were among those rejected by the town council before Mr Mitcheson’s idea was approved.
The Ashby de la Zouch-based artist has completed sculptures across the UK.
He said: “I recognised Lutterworth was a bustling coaching town back in the day and it is this that I have chosen to reflect with the horses running into the town.”
Seeds have now been sown around the feature to restore grass at the site.