Heather Jansch's Iconic Eden Horse is the most photographed sculpture at The Eden Project and has become one of the most famous and well loved driftwood horses in the world.
My first life size driftwood horses were made in 1998 in response to the magnificent stable courtyard at Saltram House, a National Trust property near Plymouth, where I had been offered a solo exhibition. Until then my horses were table top pieces but the beautiful stable courtyard cried out for a full size mare and foal. The consequences of the change in scale were huge and happened very fast; the press went wild and so did the public, at the time I was the only British artist working with driftwood and I could not keep up with demand, I needed to find a larger studio. and more storage for driftwood.
Lord Clifford of Ugbrooke House came to my rescue by renting me Ugbrooke’s stable court yard together with the two cottages that formed the rear wall. I signed the lease in October. It was heaven to have such an ideal working space and sculptures poured out of me. In 2000, as part of the millennium celebrations, my work was included in 'The Shape of The Century' - 100 years of sculpture in Britain at Canary Wharf. The exhibition included all the greats: Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Frink, Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley, David Nash, and many other leading contemporary British sculptors. I had become an artist of international standing and my work was recognised world wide.
Tim Smit KBE, founder of The Eden Project, bought one of my horses and wrote:
" Possibly the most instinctive act of my life was to fall in love with a horse. Not just any horse, but a horse made of driftwood by the wonderful Heather Jansch. It was at exhibition at Eden and the time came for it to go home. I simply couldn't bear it. I bought it and have been fighting off would be purchasers ever since. Heather is a genius with an eye for nature that in another generation would have seen her burnt as a witch - now she is rightly considered one of our country's finest artists. If you were to ask the visitors to Eden "what is your favourite work here? It would be the horse and we gave the entrance to our kingdom to this horse. Richard 111 see it and weep."