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Public Art in Poole

Poole has a small but growing collection of public art in the town, designed to a high quality by national and international artists. A selection of the Public Art in Poole is featured below.

Public Art is visual art or craft made by an artist or craftsperson and placed in an area freely accessible to the Public. These pieces are within the public realm and are in place for members of the public to come across by chance. The art can be found in many forms such as a sculpture, painting, photograph, playground design, signage, street furniture, lighting or the internal detailing of a building.

 RNLI Memorial Sculpture

Sam Holland designed the RNLI memorial sculpture outside the RNLI Headquarters. The sculpture takes the form of a figure in a boat saving someone from the water, and was funded by the RNLI Heritage Trust. The names of 778 lifeboat crew who lost their lives whilst saving others are engraved in steel bands around the sculpture's base.  

Parallel Plotter on Poole Quay Sea Music by Sir Anthony Caro  Baden Powell Sculpture

A life size bronze sculpture of Lord Baden-Powell was unveiled on Poole Quay in August 2008 to celebrate Poole's scouting connections. Sited near to where the ferries depart for Brownsea Island the sculpture captures Baden-Powell in a seated position looking out to Brownsea Island and is by David Annand.  A Parallel Plotter, navigational tool, can also be found further along Poole Quay. This work is by Simon Watkinson.  "Sea Music" by Sir Anthony Caro is close to this on Poole Quay.
Henry the dog at Lush

The Sea Wall Memory and Tidelines

"Memory and Tidelines" on Poole Quay by Simon Read, celebrates the history of the town as evidence left behind on the tideline. It is carved into granite as bas-relief.  In Poole Old Town "Henry the dog", by Nina Camplin can be found outside the Lush shop. www.andyplant.co.uk

The "Time & Tide" Clock by Andy Plant and the "Mobile Screen" can be found at the Lighthouse (Poole’s Centre for the Arts).   

 Mobile Screen





Further information on Public Art can be found at www.publicartonline.org.uk