In the heart of London's Picadilly stands a fountain. Its a bronze sculpture of 4 tearaway horses. It the horses of Helios- also known as the horses in Piccadilly and it is a sculpture made by Rudy Weller. It was created in 1992 and has since then has made its home in the heart of London. The Horses of Helios are from Greek mythology. The horses all have names which are Pyrois, Aeos, Aethon, and Phlegon. The son of Hyperion and Theia was called Helios and he was pulled around in the sky in a chariot that was driven by these four horses. Helios was known as the good-looking young Titan, he had long flowing golden hair, a golden chariot and 4 powerful horses which he would ride around the sky. He was the god of the sun and his job was to drive the sun from East to West. I have always admired this sculpture, the horses look so powerful and strong. I wanted to do a couple of sketches to record this sculpture. The pencil drawing I did was to try and capture the movement of the animals. In the sculpture you can really see and feel the power of the horses pull away, they look as though they are traveling at great speed. I tried to capture this in my drawing. I put a few silhouettes of tourists walking around in the shadows to give it a sense of where it was in London. When I moved into the horse on canvas painting, I wanted the artwork to feel a lot more abstract. I wanted to place it in the heart of London but to give the impression that it was right in the middle of Picadilly circus. I used suggestive abstract lines of paint to represent the lights of fast-moving traffic. I played with the perspective of the buildings to make the horses feel big and powerful. I used a color palette which was very much in keeping with the center of London city. I liked the final painting- it came out a lot more abstract than I thought but this was an experimental piece and I think that it paid off.