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Hoof detail DP171739

Quadriga Statue, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner, Westminster, London.
Details from the statue with conservation in progress

Historic England is the public body that champions and protects England's historic places

Media ID 12108690

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Sculpture Statue


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EDITORS COMMENTS
1. Title: "Conserving History: A Hoof's Tale from the Quadriga Statue, Wellington Arch, London" Amidst the bustling heart of London, where history and modernity intertwine, stands the majestic Wellington Arch at Hyde Park Corner, Westminster. This iconic landmark, adorned with the Quadriga Statue, has been a symbol of triumph and victory since its completion in 1830. The statue, designed by Sir Richard Westmacott, features four horses pulling a chariot, carrying the figure of Nike, the Greek goddess of victory. In this evocative image captured by acclaimed photographer Derek Kendall for Historic England, we delve into the intricate details of the horses' hooves, showcasing the ongoing conservation efforts that ensure their preservation for future generations. The weathered surfaces, worn by the passage of time and the elements, bear testament to the statue's rich history. Conservators meticulously clean and restore the hooves, employing a delicate balance of art and science to maintain their structural integrity and visual appeal. The process involves the careful removal of dirt and debris, followed by the application of specialist materials to prevent further deterioration. Each hoof is treated as a unique work of art, requiring the utmost care and attention. This photograph offers a glimpse into the world of heritage conservation, highlighting the dedication and expertise required to preserve the Quadriga Statue and the invaluable stories it holds. Through the intricate details of the horses' hooves, we are reminded of the importance of preserving our shared heritage, one hoofprint at a time.

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