The Four Bronze Horses of Helios, London

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The Horses of Helios, also known as The Four Bronze Horses of Helios, is a bronze sculpture of four horses by Rudy Weller. It is one half of a commission installed in 1992 when the adjacent Criterion Theatre was refurbished. The other half, the Daughters of Helios or Three Graces, is a sculpture of three women leaping off the building six stories above.


The Horses of Helios comprises three bronze elements with dark patina: one pair of horses weighing approximately 4 tons, and two single horses. The four rearing horses appear to be bursting from the water of a fountain. It depicts Aethon, Eous, Phlegon, and Pyrois - the four horses of Helios, Greek god of the sun.
The sculpture was installed in 1992 in a fountain under a canopy at the base of the building at 1 Jermyn Street, on the corner where Piccadilly meets Haymarket, near Piccadilly Circus in London. The building is adjacent to the Criterion Theatre, and was installed when the theatre was refurbished.


The Daughters of Helios or Three Graces depicts the three Charites - Aglaea, Euphrosyne, and Thalia - who in some accounts are the daughters of Helios and the naiad Aegle. The three female figures are made from gold-leaf-covered aluminium. They are installed at roof level, as if leaping off the 6th floor of the building immediately above the horses below.






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  • Quickly managed to see on our bus tour. It's counterpart the Daughters of Helios is 6 stories above so don't forget to look up.  more »
  • Easy to miss as you turn the corner from Haymarket into Piccadilly, a relatively new statue by London standards being erected in 1992 as part of the nearby Criterion Theatre refurbishment. Sculpted...  more »
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  • One half of a commission for the Criterion Theatre by the sculptor Rudy Weller unveiled 1992. Depicting The Four Horses Of Helios ; Bronze lifesize Aethon, Eous, Phlegon and Pyrois who proved too strong for the Greek Sun God and dragged him to his death. On the corner of Haymarket and Piccadilly Circus, under cover and lit from above, with a small bubbling water feature bobbling in front of them. Nostrils flared, full of straining sinuous movement and their hooves close to passers-by head's, they look as if they are going to leap onto the pavement and run rampant through the streets. 6 storeys above them is the other half of the commission ; The Three Graces aka The Three Daughters of Helios also by Rudy Weller. Unveiled 1992. Aglaea, Euphrosyne and Thalia. Made from aluminium covered in gold leaf. Are suspended in playful acrobatic leaping/diving movements. Best seen at a distance with the sun reflecting off them. In close proximity to BODY WORLDS, and The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain ; Anteros the revenger of unrequited love. Nearest station is Piccadilly Circus.
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