Out & About: The Four Bronze Horses of Helios

Many people will come across this great statue and think that it has been there for a long time. The statue has actually only been in that position since 1992. It was created by Rudy Weller, and depicts Aethon, Eos, Phlegon, and Pyrois, the four horses of Helios, Greek god of the sun. The greek legend is that of Helios, the young Greek god of the sun. He is the son of Hyperion and Theia. By the Oceanid Perse he became the father of Aeëtes, Circe, and Pasiphae. His other children are Phaethusa (“radiant”) and Lampetia (“shining”) and Phaeton. Each morning at dawn he rises from the ocean in the east and rides in his chariot, pulled by four horses – Pyrois, Eos, Aethon and Phlegon — through the sky, to descend at night in the west. Helios once allowed Phaeton to guide his chariot across the sky. The unskilled youth could not control the horses and fell towards his death.

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