17th July 2015

The making of the King George VI Weekend Sculpture

One of the finest European colts of his generation, three-time Group One winner Charm Spirit provided the inspiration for this stunning sculpture by emerging artist and Royal College of Art student Tess Dumon.

Power and elegance resonate in the intricate wire frame, embodying the spirit of Europe’s summer championship race, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO).

“For Charm Spirit, I really wanted to give the sculpture as much life as possible,” said Dumon.

“This horse is also a metaphor about power and tradition and to capture all the details of Charm Spirit was a great achievement”

Commenting on why Charm Spirit was the perfect muse for this project, David Redvers, Stud Manager at Tweenhills Farm and QIPCO representative, said: “Charm Spirit is everything we’re trying to find in a racehorse because he was the complete racehorse.

“He ended up being the very best at the very top of the pyramid.

“He has this wonderful depth of strength, much like a finely tuned sprinter.”

Beginning this year and at subsequent King George VI Weekends, the frame will be dressed in flowers depicting the silks of the previous year’s King George winner.

In 2015 the blue and white flowers represent Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s silks, which were worn to victory by Paul Hanagan on the John Gosden-trained Taghrooda in 2014.