List of public art in Pimlico

This is a list of public art in Pimlico, a district in the City of Westminster, London.

Image Title / subject Location and
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DateArtist / designerArchitect / other Type Designation Notes

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Statue of William Huskisson Pimlico Gardens

51°29′08″N 0°08′00″W
1836John GibsonN/A Statue Grade II Commissioned for a site outside the Custom House in Liverpool. This was Gibson's second version of the statue originally in Huskisson's mausoleum in St James Cemetery, Liverpool (now in the Walker Art Gallery).[1] Moved to the Royal Exchange before coming to the present site in 1915.[2]

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St Saviour's War Memorial St Saviour's Church, Lupus Street

51°29′19″N 0°08′08″W
after 1918?N/A Crucifix Grade II Commemorates parishioners who died in both World Wars.[3]
Obelisk Walden House c.1930Arnrid JohnsonN/A Sculptural group N/A A three-sided sculptural group (badly weathered on two sides) of children playing, with a base depicting groups of animals in the round, all in Portland stone. The critic Kineton Parkes considered this to be Johnson's most important work.[4]
Dolphin mosaic Dolphin Square c.1937?N/A Mosaic N/A This mosaic, which has been described as having an "Hellenic" appearance, was originally situated at the main entrance of the Dolphin Square development but was moved to its present location during renovation work.[5]
Spot motif Pimlico tube station platforms 1972 c.1972Peter SedgleyN/A Tiled pattern N/A The motif of yellow spray bursts on a white background was inspired by Sedgley's own op art painting of 1968, Go.[6]

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Cooling Tower Panels Bessborough Street, Drummond Gate

51°29′21″N 0°07′59″W
1979–1982Eduardo PaolozziWhitfield Partners Sculpture Grade II Paolozzi's cast iron relief panels, painted in aluminium, encase the cooling equipment for the air conditioning of Pimlico tube station. Conceived as a "pivot or 'marker'" on the route from the tube station to the Tate Gallery, it was described by the architects as "an opportunity to transform a mechanical necessity into a genuine sculpture". Commissioned by the Crown Estate Commissioners.[7]
Dolphin Fountain Dolphin Square

51°29′11″N 0°08′10″W
1987James ButlerN/A Fountain with sculptural group N/A Installed to mark the 50th anniversary of the building of Dolphin Square.[5]

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Statue of Thomas Cubitt Denbigh Street

51°29′19″N 0°08′19″W
1994–1995William FawkeN/A Statue N/A The site is adjacent to that of the workshops used by Cubitt in the building of Pimlico. He is depicted with a yardstick in hand, selecting a brick to measure from underneath the tarpaulin. Another cast of the statue is in Dorking, Surrey.[8]
The Helmsman Pimlico Gardens

51°29′07″N 0°08′04″W
1996André WallaceN/A Sculpture N/A Wallace is primarily interested in subjects involving journeys or transportation. This sculpture, of a figure at the helm of a boat, was the winning entry in a competition between five artists; it was felt to reflect the area's maritime history.[9]

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River Cut Tide Riverside walk adjacent to Grosvenor Road

51°29′09″N 0°07′56″W
2002Paul MasonN/A Sculpture N/A Also nearby is a slate tablet, again by Mason, marking the site of the confluence of the river Tyburn and the Thames.[10]
Roller Skater Vauxhall Bridge Road

51°29′27″N 0°08′04″W
2010André WallaceN/A Sculpture N/A The artist wished to make a sculpture "that would be positive and dynamic and reflect the youth and vitality of an urban street."[11]

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Shack Stack Grosvenor Waterside 2010Richard WilsonN/A Sculpture N/A A sculpture in aluminium inspired by the ramshackle nature of the sheds often found in British allotments.[12]
The Queen Mother's Commemorative Fountain Bessborough Gardens

51°29′19″N 0°07′49″W
1980Peter ShepheardN/A Fountain N/A A fountain in aluminium based on a cast of a George John Vulliamy streetlamp base from the Thames Embankment featuring two sturgeon.[13][14]

References

  1. Bloy, Marjorie (2011), "William Huskisson (1770–1830)", A Web of English History, retrieved 24 May 2012
  2. Bradley & Pevsner 2003, p. 781.
  3. "St Saviours Parishioners WW1 and WW2", War Memorials Archive, Imperial War Museums, retrieved 19 July 2012
  4. Fraser 2014, pp. 370–371.
  5. Westminster City Council 2008, p. 31.
  6. Glinert 2012, p. 221.
  7. Paolozzi 1984, p. 30.
  8. "Gallery 1", William Fawke ARBS, retrieved 2 January 2013
  9. "Ship Ahoy! 1", Secret London, retrieved 2 January 2013
  10. Westminster City Council 2006, p. 46.
  11. Jury, Louise (20 August 2010), "Roller skate sculpture rolls with it in Pimlico", Evening Standard, retrieved 19 July 2012
  12. "Shack Stack", Richard Wilson, retrieved 6 September 2014
  13. "Bessborough Gardens Pimlico", Gardenvisit.com, retrieved 4 October 2014
  14. Hibbert et al. 2011, p. 63.

Bibliography

  • Bradley, Simon; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2003), London 6: Westminster, The Buildings of England, London and New Haven: Yale University Press, ISBN 978-0-300-09595-1
  • Fraser, Inga (2014), "The 'English Independents': Some twentieth-century women carvers", Sculpture Journal, 23 (3): 369–78, doi:10.3828/sj.2015.8
  • Glinert, Ed (2012), The London Compendium: A street-by-street exploration of the hidden metropolis, London: Penguin, ISBN 978-0-718-19204-4
  • Hibbert, Christopher; Weinreb, Ben; Keay, John; Keay, Julia (2011), The London Encyclopaedia (3rd ed.), Macmillan, ISBN 9780230738782
  • Paolozzi, Eduardo (1984), Robinson, Marlee (ed.), Eduardo Paolozzi: Private Vision—Public Art, London: Architectural Association Publications, ISBN 978-0904503500
  • Westminster City Council (April 2006), Conservation Area Audit: Pimlico (PDF), retrieved 9 August 2014
  • (23 October 2008), Conservation Area Audit & Management Proposals: Dolphin Square (PDF), retrieved 8 August 2014
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