Welcome to our Sculpture collection!
Our exciting collection of sculptures can be found on permanent display all around the City.
With 27 pieces in the permanent collection, including work from Sir Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley and Robert Erskine, our portfolio boasts one of the most impressive collections of works by British Sculptors in the country.
Materials: Oiled mild steel
Dimensions: 2.43m x 1.22m x 1.22m
This work represents the children’s story ‘Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint Exupery in sculptural form. The tree, the outline of the asteroid and the pyramid which all make up elements of the tale can be seen as you start to imagine the story through the sculpture.
Jane Ackroyd specialises in both abstract and figurative steel sculpture. She studied at St. Martins College and subsequently the Royal College of Art and has numerous awards and successful public and private commissions.
The location of, and directions to Little Prince can be found on our map at position 13.
Materials: Portland stone
The three pieces resemble the stone remains of a drowned civilisation – a little bit of Atlantis in Peterborough.
b. 1953, Grimsby
The location of, and directions to Under the Ocean, Under the Sea can be found on our map at position 9.
Dimensions: 4.5m x 4.0m
Through geometric, colourful shapes, David Annesley uses an almost painterly approach exploring relationships of form and colour. Fire was acquired for the Orton Centre in 1980. This piece, made of painted blue steel, is now on long term loan to Burghley Sculpture Gardens. It’s a large, bold work representing the liveliness of fire in a static sculpture.
He studied under Anthony Caro in the late 50s and held teaching posts at Central St Martins throughout the 1960s.
b. 1936, London
Fire is located at Burghley Sculpture Gardens, for information and directions, click here
This piece was commissioned from the artist as part of the final Festival of Sculpture in 1989 which marked the end of the Development Corporation in Peterborough
This stunning large concrete piece on the bank of the river Nene takes as its source the festival boats used ceremonially in the artist’s native Nigeria.
Sokari Douglas Camp studied at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Central School of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art, London.
b. 1958, Buguma, Nigeria
The location of, and directions to Festival Boat can be found on our map at position 8.
Materials: Oiled mild steel
Dimensions: 2.16m x 5.21m x 1.6m
Anthony Caro (Sir Anthony Caro OM, CBE) is internationally recognised as a major figure in contemporary sculpture.
He is best known for his large, often brightly coloured abstract sculptures standing directly on the ground and by dispensing with the plinth, he invites viewers to engage with his works on a one-to-one basis. He has also made a number of works using rusting steel that changes over time as the weather affects the sculpture’s surface.
His work is in collections all over the world.
This piece, is made from oiled mild steel and standing just over two metres high was originally situated at Stuart House in the City Centre, before moving to
to Thorpe Meadows.
It was sadly vandalised and was taken into storage. Restoration work is about to begin on ‘Lagoon’ and it will be re-sited as soon as possible.
Doug Cocker was born in Alyth, Perthshire and trained in sculpture at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.
Much of his work is exhibited in Scotland, but he has strong local connections having lectured for ten years at Nene College, Northampton.
A major sculpture “Song of Sisyphus’ was carved in Ferry Meadows and exhibited there for over 20 years.
Much of his work reflects contemporary social and political issues, including State of a Nation created in 1986 which depicts a temple on rockers with a wrecking ball locked in the columns.
State of the Nation was recently installed at Hampton Library and Leisure Centre.
Elizabeth Cooke’s sculpture, Cormorant, is perfectly placed in Thorpe Meadows where the real-life cormorants frequent the waters.
Made from a combination of found and hand finished materials, the characteristics of this bird have been recreated with skill and simplicity. He stands proud – catch in beak, wings spread wide.
Cooke has the ability to capture movement and poise within the most minimalist forms, creating pieces that demonstrate flow and finesse through much less delicate and unrefined materials.
Cormorant was purchased in 2007 after being on loan from the artist.
The location of, and directions to Cormorant can be found on our map at position 5.
This piece is on loan from the artist – the Trust owns another of Davies’ works which is also located in Thorpe Meadows, just across the river.
Both works are made in the same way cut out from plate steel using lasers in a water tank. The precise construction makes for an intricate working of the steel with the surface constantly oxidising to an autumnal glow.
Davies studied at Brighton Polytechnic 1978-81 and then at Manchester Metropolitan University with a Henry Moore Fellowship 1992-93. He has shown widely across Europe and has works in a number of sculpture parks in the UK.
b. 1959, Leigh, Lancashire
The location of, and directions to Untitled, 1989 can be found on our map at position 17.
The piece is cut out from plate steel using lasers in a water tank. The precise construction makes for an intricate working of the steel with the surface constantly oxidising to an autumnal glow.
Miles Davies studied at Brighton Polytechnic 1978-81 and then at Manchester Metropolitan University with a Henry Moore Fellowship 1992-93.
He has shown widely across Europe and has works in a number of sculpture parks in the UK.
b. 1959, Leigh, Lancashire
The location of, and directions to Untitled, 1990 can be found on our map at position 10.
Bob Dawson lectured in Perception and Communication Studies in the School of Architectures at the Central London Polytechnic now University of Westminster where he specialised in materials and material aesthetics. He also taught drawing and has also written several books and articles on sculpture.
Before moving to Wollaston, Dawson lived in London where he exhibited at a number of galleries including the Royal Academy. He has been involved in several one man shows since living in Northamptonshire, including the Alfred East Gallery, Kettering and the Museum and Art Gallery Northampton.
Over the years, Bob Dawson was commissioned to produce various commissions of which Bird in Flight was one. Another of his more recent works can be found in Leicestershire at Bagworth Heath Woods.
‘Bird in Flight’ is made from sheet metal and was originally one of the first sculptures commissioned by Peterborough Environment City Trust. The sculpture represents the wild life of the Fens which surrounds Peterborough.
During May 2016 it will move from its present position and be re-sited in Nene Park by the lake where many families will be able to admire it.
Bird in Flight is currently in storage and in the process of cleaning; it will soon be relocated.
In a joint venture Vivacity Culture and Leisure and Peterborough City Council purchased ‘Louis Smith’ by Ben Dearnley which is now a part of the Peterborough Sculpture Trust.
‘Louis Smith’ by Ben Dearnley, a torso in bronze, celebrates the role Louis has played in inspiring young people to strive for sporting recognition and success since the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics. The work was originally made for an exhibition by Ben Dearnley entitled ‘Avenue of Champions’ which documented in sculpture modern sporting icons.
Louis Smith by Ben Dearnley is located at Vivacity Premier Fitness, Bishops Road, Peterborough.
Power Rhythm was designed for the work force at Perkins/Caterpillar, Diesel Engine Facility, after Erskine was successful in winning a national competition to create a landmark sculpture for the City of Peterborough and the SusTrans initiative.
The sculpture was created by Robert Erskine with Perkins in Peterborough and has received recognition from the PMSA (Public Monuments and Sculpture Association), in partnership with the Courtauld Institute, London.
The Peterborough Millennium Green Wheel is a continuous network of cycleways, footpaths and bridleways that provide safe, continuous routes around the city, through picturesque stone villages, the Fens and the scenic Nene Valley. As part of the project, a number of sculptures were commissioned, including this work.
More info about the Green Wheel can be found here with details of how to purchase a map of the route.
Power Rhythm is now owned by Vivacity, as part of Vivacity’s sculpture conservation work we have had the undergrowth, bushes and trees cut from around the front of this fabulous sculpture to allow commuters a clearer view.
The location of, and directions to Power Rhythm can be found on our map.
Materials: Cast Bronze
Dimensions: 882mm x 876mm x 279mm
Barry Flanagan is a sculptor with an international reputation. His work is held in public collections worldwide and his bronze works have been exhibited in many outdoor spaces, most notably on Park Avenue, New York, and at Grant Park, Chicago.
Barry Flanagan studied and subsequently taught at St Martin’s School of Art, London. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both in Britain and internationally and in 1982 he represented Britain at the Venice Biennale.
b. 1941 Prestatyn, Wales
d.2009 Ibiza, Spain
Opera Dog is now located at the Key Theatre Peterborough.
Materials: Oiled steel
Dimensions: 750mm x 750mm
This was the first sculpture purchased for Peterborough by the Development Corporation in 1978. It is an oiled steel piece which was for many years at the Herlington Centre, Orton Malbourne. It is now based in Thorpe Meadows; the first sculpture on the South side of the rowing lake from the hotel end.
b. 1951, London
The location of, and directions to Outside In can be found on our map at position 1.
This sculpture is currently not on display.
Materials: Sheet Lead on Fibreglass
Antony Gormley is one of the best known and most popular British sculptors working today. He has shown extensively throughout the world and is probably best known for his sculpture Angel of the North in Gateshead. The Hayward Gallery in London showed a major retrospective of his work in Spring 2007.
The Place to Be, as with many of his works, are made from casts of his own body. Originally, the three lifesize pieces were situated in Monkstone House offices in the city centre before being toured to Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough Cathedral and the City Gallery.
The Place to Be is currently receiving restoration work to enable it’s re-siting in Peterborough.
b. London, 1950
This work on the Parkway side of Thorpe Meadows is site specific, and aligns with the front of Peterborough Cathedral.
Made out of Oroko wood, a figure moves through a gateway structure, although this is often confused as viewers speed along in their cars.
Lee Grandjean is also represented by an alter piece in St Mary’s Church on new road in Peterborough City Centre.
Grandjean is a senior tutor at the Royal College of Art. He studied at the North East Polytechnic and Winchester School of Art
As part of our programme of conservation, Vivacity has just completed restoration work on this piece to ensure it remains as a popular landmark along Longthorpe Parkway.
You can find out more about Grandjean’s work at: www.leegrandjean.co.uk
The location of, and directions to Peterborough Arch can be found on our map at position 16.
Emmanuel Taiwo Jegede is a poet, painter, printmaker, and a sculptor in wood, bronze, and ceramics.
Born in Ayegbaju Ekiti within the Yoruba speaking region of Nigeria, he was apprenticed at a young age to Pa Akerejola, going on to develop his artistic abilities in Lagos at the Yaba School of Technology. In 1963, Jegede came to the UK to receive training in the decorative arts, interior design, sculpture and bronze casting, and in 1968 held his first exhibition at the Woodstock Gallery, London.
Jegede takes traditional Yoruba art as the starting point for his work, employing his own fine art training to bring him to a unique marriage of European figurative modernism and his native Nigerian style. His sculptures and paintings reflect the Yoruba concept of creativity, and his conviction of the essence of inspiration being inseparable from the concept of human consciousness.
Jegede has become equally well known in recent years for his poetry, as well as his time spent as an artist in residence at a large number of schools and colleges. In all the manifestations of his creativity, Jegede presents his interpretation of life in a myriad of compelling ways that capture the imagination.
b. 1943 Ayegbaju Ekiti, Nigeria
The location of, and directions to Endless Omen can be found on our map at position 4.
Materials: Portland Stone
Dimensions: 3.5m x 3.0m
Following studying at the Royal College of Art, John Maine travelled widely and these journeys, especially to Mexico, greatly influenced his work.
John Maine’s large work ‘Pyramid’ stands alone at Ferry Meadows, Nene Park.
John Maine has many prominent stone works across the UK including a circular stone work outside the National Theatre on London’s South Bank.
b. 1942, Bristol
The location of, and directions to Pyramid can be found on our map at position 1.
Barry Mason studied fine art at the University of Reading (1970-74), the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London (1974-76) and Bath Technical College (1980-81), where he gained the City and Guilds advanced craft award in stone-masonry. He served on the executive committee of the Fountain Society from 1970 to 1974, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1998.
Mason’s Helios works are concerned with the passage of the sun and perhaps could be thought of as sculptural calendars.
More information about Mason’s work can be found at his website: www.barry-mason.co.uk
The location of, and directions to Helios XVI can be found on our map at position 11.
Quarry plays with both form and words; a wolf emerges out of the stone block from which it’s hewn.
Simon Perry is a British sculptor and academic, based in Melbourne, Australia. Best known for his large-scale public art works for urban spaces in Australia and overseas, Perry’s practice incorporates numerous sculptural techniques including casting, carving and fabrication.
His works have been created in bronze, concrete, granite, steel, aluminium, wood and stone. Perry’s commissioned pieces are predominantly site-specific, and often address elements of environment and public space with a gentle humour.
b. 1962, London
The location of, and directions to Quarry can be found on our map at position 15.
Materials: English Oak
Dimensions: 1.21m, 760mm x 4 pieces
Originally located in Werrington Shopping Centre, the work is now based in Thorpe Meadows. The four wood elements resemble giant acorns – it’s interesting to see how the change of locations affect the way we react to this work.
Odd Oaks was decommissioned in 2011 but left in situ in Thorpe Meadows to allow nature to take its course.
b. 1949, Sydney, Australia
The location of, and directions to Odd Oaks can be found on our map at position 7.
It is the negative space, the space between the shiny pillars, that was relevant to the sculptors when creating this site-specific piece.
Renn and Thacker visited Peterborough when the Ikea building was being constructed and they noted the flat landscape, the expanse of sky and land, and how this was broken up and linked by the scattering of church spires along the horizon.
Looking through the sculpture we are able to form a perfect spire shape and as we move around the piece we can change the shape and the view, looking into, around and through.
Tolleck Winner’s sculpture can be found on the same spot where Lee Grandjean’s ‘Second Entrance’ once stood – both pieces in some way representing two figures.
The work was inspired by the reflection in a river of two people walking together. Created from carbon steel, ‘People’ is designed to change as the elements effect it, oxidising and changing colour.
You can find out more about the artist’s here
The location of, and directions to People can be found on our map at position 2.