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The White Horse

This contemporary sculpture of "The White Horse of Hanover" has just appeared in the front garden of a home in High Street, Little Shelford.
The horse, created by Cambridgeshire artist Tom Hiscocks, is made from cans of Fosters Beer and Diet Coke! It measures 8ft by 6ft.
"We just thought it would be a bit of fun for the village to have this in our front garden," said householder Simon Hassell. "We know the artist so when the opportunity came about to adopt one of his horses we thought it would be a great thing to do." 
The Little Shelford contemporary sculpture is 1 of 10 modern interpretations of the original Queen's Beasts. The Queen's Beasts  were originally displayed outside Westminster Abbey for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
On a visit to Kew Gardens in July 2012, Tom Hiscocks saw the representations of The Queen’s Beasts, but thought they needed updating.

Mr Hiscocks took around 2,000 hours and 3,000 cans and other recycled materials to recreate the heraldic beasts.

The heraldic beasts have been inspected by The Queen and have appeared at King's College in Cambridge, at the East of England Show in Peterborough in July.

The sculpture has already been given the nickname "George" because of his German roots by Simon's wife, Tracey.

The 'Beasts' are ten sculptures of heraldic animals made by the artist Tom Hiscocks. The animals represent the genealogy of the Queen, such as the Griffin of Edward III, The Red Dragon of Wales and the White Horse of Hanover. 

These original Beasts were made of stone, but Hiscocks has remade them from recycled metals. This is partly because he is passionate about recycling, but also because he is interested in how identity changes over time.

 There are also pictures and more details of the sculptures on
Tom Hiscocks' website.

 The Queen's Beasts

The original stone beasts are at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, but copies of them are outside the Palm House at Kew Gardens.
The Lion of England
The Griffin of Edward III
The Falcon of the Plantagenets
The Black Bull of Clarence
The White Lion of Mortimer
The Yale of Beaufort
The White Greyhound of Richmond
The Red Dragon of Wales
The Unicorn of Scotland
The White Horse of Hanover