A Yorkshire Olympian has unveiled a new horse sculpture after the artwork rode into Leeds.
Horsforth-born triathlete, Jonny Brownlee, was on hand to launch the art installation, which has been funded by locally-based Tudor International Freight.
Created by North Yorkshire-born artist, Rupert Till, The White Horse will be a new neighbour for those near to the busy Horsforth A65 roundabout where it has been installed.
The galvanised steel piece, which stands at more than 6 feet tall, was chosen as a nod towards the area’s history to help welcome people to the town of Horsforth and was previously displayed at Cheltenham Racecourse before coming to Leeds.
And two time Olympic medallist, who grew up in Horsforth, was delighted to celebrate it making its way to its new home.
Jonny said: “I’m Horsforth born and bred, so it’s great to be able to welcome this artwork to my home city. I’m proud to hail from Leeds, so when people invest in doing something a bit different, a bit special, it’s always great to see.
“Anything that makes people feel proud, inspired or happy can only be a good thing. This sculpture is fantastic and definitely adds something when you’re driving, walking, cycling or running by.”
Adam Johnson, director of Tudor International Freight, said: “People need a lift as it’s been a tough year and we wanted to do something that would brighten up the area close to our base. If it puts a smile on a few faces, it’s already done its job. Tudor was originally founded near this roundabout on New Road Side and we’re now just around the corner on Horsforth Vale, so we feel really passionate about the local area.
“We turn 30 next year and the company has grown significantly during this time, so as proud Horsforth residents we wanted to give something back to the local community.”
It’s understood that the name Horsforth derives from the two words ‘horse’ and ‘forde’ meaning a river crossing used by horses, hence the association with the animal in its name.
The work is inspired by a racehorse called Rayvin Black who won a significant amount of money racing during his lifespan.
Tudor International Freight currently sponsors the roundabout and has agreed to extend this for the next decade. The company covered the costs of the sculpture, meaning it will now be transferred to Leeds City Council ownership for the residents of the city.