Horse and Rider
High Street, Winchester, England
Horse and rider is less horse and rider than man and beast, or man and animal. For this rider, this man, is naked. And you might even say the horse is naked, too. There’s There’s no saddle, no stirrup, no covering. Man and horse are on a level playing field. They are free to enjoy their power and their virility. Sculptor Elizabeth Frink, who created this statue in 1975, shows the two as one. Although, you have to admit it’s the horse that’s lucked out here. Being naked at the top of Winchester High Street isn’t much of a problem if you’re a horse. Horses have hair all over, which keeps them warm. And a naked horse would be unlikely to cause any kind of stir. To be naked on Winchester High Street and to be a man, however, is an altogether different matter.