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Your views on sculpture designs

Five designs for a 2m hilltop landmark in Kent, which will be visible from road, rail and air, have been unveiled.

BBC News website readers have been telling us what they think of the five shortlisted designs.

Rachel Whiteread's recycled mountain
Rachel Whiteread's recycled mountain

Not very inspiring. Rachel Whiteread's submission looks like a pile of rubbish with a concrete house on top. She's done concrete houses; time to move on. The rest are all largely forgettable or just plain ugly. The only one I have a slight regard for is Mark Wallinger's horse, which gets my vote because horses are always majestic and at 33 times life size it's certainly unusual.
Andrew Singleton, London

Daniel Buren's signal tower
Daniel Buren's signal

Very impressed with Daniel Buren's "Signal" Tower It represents clearly a design of the 21st century. Not only will it be an attractive sight during day light hours, but also at night with the laser beam. My vote.
Paul Gallagher, Peterborough

Anything but the light beam! I am an amateur astronomer and would like to keep light pollution from our night skies. A starry night is more beautiful than any human work of art.
K R Whight, Horsham, Sussex

Richard Deacon's nest
Richard Deacon's nest

The BBC TV news last night compared this planned monument with Rio's Christ Redeemer and New York's Statue of Liberty. One of the main features of these two famous landmarks is the fact that people can get a fantastic view from them - formerly by climbing into the Statue of Liberty (no more, due to terror threat?) and from Christ's feet, on a high peak overlooking Rio. Whichever of the Kent's monuments is chosen, I think it should offer people some way of interacting with it, not just an isolated object to be appreciated from a distance. (The only one I really don't like, by the way, is the polyhedron thing, which looks to me like a mangled pile of electricity pylons).
Huw Hennessy, Sidmouth, Devon

Please, please will someone see sense and not allow any of these hideous sculptures to be built. I think the 'Angel of the North' is wonderful and completely captures the spirit of the area it oversees. None of these come close. Perhaps, much as I disagreed with the building of the channel tunnel, I have used it many times and perhaps a symbol reflecting the history and monumental work involved in creating it could be more suitable. The mountain looks like a landfill site with an old fridge standing on top. The horse looks like a toy. The laser cube thing is too fancy. The disc and wing, although its idea is good would not look good from all angles and would just look like an oversized satellite dish from behind. The steel latticework is probably the best because it can be seen from all angles - but could be made more interesting by placing strategic oddities within it so that people could try to find them and work out what they are. Almost like a puzzle.
Sue Davison, Aylesbury

Christopher Le Brun's wing and disc
Christopher Le Brun's wing and disc

They are the final five! The best? The cream of the crop? If one had to choose then I suppose Christopher Le Brun's design is descriptively appropriate. However I like the idea of the white horse design but not in such an obvious way.
Mrs Kerry-Ann Copur, Gillingham, Kent

The wing and disc first and the stacked cubes second. These are just about OK, if I was 'forced' to choose. The skeletal framework is just ugly. The horse has no imagination whatsoever, though it could be placed WITH the craggy mountain; as this looks like a pile of manure the horse has just deposited.
Mike W, Gravesend, Kent

I think it's great that Kent will get a sculpture and that such respected artists are involved. There will no doubt be those who question the money spent on this but the Angel of the North has highlighted how public art can become intrinsic to a place and even a tourist destination. I think it's a good thing. I prefer the Christopher Le Brun disc with feather which is simple but striking, but can see the attraction of the horse!
R, Maidstone, Kent

I live only a mile from where they are planning to put the Statue. I'm worried about the size they intend it to be and if it will be too dominant for the location. This was the first I have heard about it. Looking at the designs my favourite is the wing. But am not sure what it will signify about Kent if anything, the whole area has changed beyond recognition in the last 8 years that I have lived here so if there was anything of traditional kent around here it's been well and truly bulldozed away.
Tina Clark, Swanscombe, Kent

I love the idea of the sculpture and while it won't necessarily bring jobs or prosperity to the NW Kent region, it will help to define Kent as a gateway to Europe and beyond. Something that hasn't been fully realised over the last few years. As a local resident who will see the sculpture every day, I support it and think that Le Brun's artwork is stunning - I'd vote for that one!
Luke, Gravesend

Mark Wallinger's horse
Mark Wallinger's horse

I've lived in Kent all my life, and was bitterly disappointed with the poor selection of ideas for what will be an iconic statement for the whole of the South East of England. Is this the best these so called internationally renowned sculptors can come up with ? Please, please please don't let them build a massive comedy horse in Kent, I have to live here !!!
Paul Jarvis, Faversham, Kent

A big white 'orse?? It's a bit rubbish really or is that the point? Is it that modern or conceptual art doesn't need to literally be a big pile of refuse, dirty beds or other common or garden crap, to actually be, just rubbish? My three-year-old nephew could do better than that and probably save me, the taxpayer, a whole load of cash.
Ian, Huntingdon

It's got to be the horse, but not a horse just standing there - it has to be Invicta as on our Kent symbol!!!
Chris, Maidstone, Kent

Well done for the piece on the White Horse, an icon of the Germanic people who made England. Ebbsfleet was the place where Hengist and Horsa (meaning Stallion and horse) landed in 449 with three keel boats, and following the 'welshing'on an oath by Vortigern to supply the Jutish warband with gifts and provisions they turned on the Brythons and thus began the invasion of the land we now call England. Therefore the use of the white horse has a resonance with the English people and especially those in Kent. My vote must be the White horse.
M.Taylor, Crawley

As a Man of Kent I like the horse idea but I'm a bit disappointed with its lack of dynamism. The symbol of Kent is a prancing white horse and something like that at 33 times life size would be really impressive. As it stands (no pun intended) it's just a huge horse, looking a little sleepy, in a field. Rather underwhelming, I feel.
Malcolm, Tonbridge, Kent



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