The Uffington White Horse is a Bronze-age artwork etched into a hillside in Oxfordshire, UK that is regarded as sacred by Vita.
Sustainable - The White Horse is believed to have been created about 3,000 years ago, dating back to the end of the Bronze Age. It has survived the Romans, the Dark Ages, World War I, World War II and countless storms and political cycles. Therefore, the horse is a symbol of something that endures - something sustainable.
Zero Carbon - The horse was built by hand in an era that precedes the widespread use of fossil fuels and is thus a carbon neutral artwork.
Symbolic - The design of the White Horse is highly symbolized and speaks to a primal connectivity with nature that has been long lost from Western culture.
Popular - The White Horse has been continually maintained for the past 3,000 years and it has become part of the cultural ceremony. If the White Horse is not maintained, within a few years it will become overgrown with foliage and will become invisible on the landscape. The White Horse is managed by the British National Trust who oversee an annual event called the Chalking. The public is invited to the Chalking and every year, thousands of people visit the White Horse to help in its maintenance. This is performed by pounding fresh chalk into the old chalk with a hammer.
Mysterious - Very little is known about the White Horse, in particular why is was constructed, who constructed it and what it was subsequently used for. Another mystery relates to the fact that the White Horse can't be seen in its entirety from any location on the ground. This is because of the undulating shape of the land it is on. It can only be seen in its entirety from the air. Given that the ancients who built the horse would have had no airplanes or drones, they are unlikely to have ever actually seen their creation in its entirety.
Physically Large - the White Horse is about 110 meters in length. This means that it is visible from a great distance and a large number of people can be adjacent to it at any one time.
Simple - the White Horse is a simple design, built simply. It was produced by excavating soil in the shape of the horse and filling it with chalk.
Natural, Local Materials - the White Horse is made of chalk which is an inert, non-toxic mineral found in abundance in the region.
An animal made of plants - The chalk of which the White Horse is made, is itself composed of mineral calcite that forms from the accumulation of coccoliths produced by coccolithophoes - tiny marine phytoplankton. Thus, the White Horse is made of phytoplankton - marine plants. The dark material that surrounds the White Horse is grass - terrestrial plants. Thus the White Horse is an animal symbol literally made of plants. This clearly shows the symbiotic nature of animals and plants.
You can visit the White Hores. Your visit might coincide with the annual maintenance events called the Chalking. See British Heritage website for details.