List of public art in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

This is a list of public art in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Bethnal Green

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Blind Beggar and His Dog Cranbrook Estate

51.5298°N 0.0449133°W / 51.5298; -0.0449133 (Blind Beggar and His Dog)
1958Elisabeth FrinkN/A Sculptural groupBronze Grade II* [1]
Stairway to Heaven
Bethnal Green tube station disaster
Bethnal Green tube station 2017N/AHarry Paticas War memorial N/A [2]

Isle of Dogs and Canary Wharf

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Robert Milligan Museum of London Docklands
Hertsmere Road
1813Richard Westmacott

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Testa Addormentata Corner of Bank Street and Upper Bank Street 1983Igor Mitoraj [3]

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Couple on a Seat Cabot Square 1984Lynn Chadwick [4]

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Centurione I Columbus Courtyard 1987Igor Mitoraj [5]

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Leap Jamestown Harbour 1987–9Franta Belsky [6]

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Two Men on a Bench Cabot Square 1990Giles Penny [7]
Gate Westferry Circus 1992Giuseppe Lund [8]

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Centauro Upper Bank Street 1994Igor Mitoraj [9]

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Man With Arms Open West India Avenue 1995Giles Penny [10]

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Figurehead for Docklands Poplar Dock 1997Anna Bisset [11]
Portrait relief of Michael von Clemm Cabot Square 1998Gerald Laing [12]

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Traffic Light Tree roundabout on Trafalgar Way, outside Billingsgate Market (since 2013) 1998Pierre Vivant [13]

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Original Form 25 North Colonnade 1999Keith Rand [14]

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Six Public Clocks Reuters Plaza 1999Konstantin Grcic [15]

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Vanishing Point Westferry Circus 1999Jay Battle [16]

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Columbus Screen Columbus Courtyard 2000Wendy Ramshaw [17]

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Hibbert Gate Adjacent to North Dock West 2000Leo Stevenson [18]

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Returning to Embrace 10 Cabot Square 2000Jon Buck [19]

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It Takes Two One Canada Square 2002Bob Allen [20]

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HSBC lions 8 Canada Square 2002after W. W. Wagstaff
Arbor Montgomery Square 2003Nigel Ross [21]
Cross Way Montgomery Square 2003Nigel Ross [21]
Sacrificial Anode Montgomery Square 2007Eilis O'Connell [22]

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Sasso Cosmico Westferry Circus 2007Do König Vassilakis [23]
Avatar Westferry Circus 2009Robert Worley [24]

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Torsion II Bank Street, Jubilee Park exit 2009–11Charles Hadcock [25]

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Drawing Cube (Blue) Montgomery Square 2010Suresh Dutt [26]
Domino Players Clove Crescent 1992Kim Bennet [27]

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London River Man Ensign House, Marsh Wall 1987John W. Mills Bronzefigure 145 cm (57 in) high [28]

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Renaissance Nutmeg Lane, East India Dock Maurice Blik [29]

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Spirit of Enterprise South Dock, Canary Wharf

51°30′9.83″N 0°1′29.04″W
1987Wendy Taylor [30]
Speaking of the River Canary Riverside

51°30′22.48″N 0°1′43.72″W
2000Constance DeJong audio benches [31]
Windwand Canary Riverside

51°30′20.87″N 0°1′41.43″W
2000Ron Arad carbon fibre50 m high [31]
Chimney Westferry Circus

51°30′19.74″N 0°1′34.55″W
2008Andrew Burton recycled fired bricks, steel [31]
12 Planters Columbus Courtyard

51°30′22.53″N 0°1′30.69″W
2001–2002Tatiana Orloff bronze [31]

Mile End and Bow

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Statue of William Ewart Gladstone In front of Bow Church, Bow Road 1882Albert Bruce-Joy Statue Grade II
Bust of Edward VII 39 Mile End Road 1911? Bust Grade II Unveiled 12 October 1911.[32]
Statue of Clement Attlee Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road 1988Frank Forster Statue N/A Unveiled 30 November 1988 in its original location, outside Limehouse Library, by Harold Wilson, the last living member of Attlee's cabinet.[33] The figure holds a copy of the National Assistance Act 1948. In 2005 the work was badly vandalised and was boxed up to prevent further damage; it was removed to its current location in 2010.[34] Peter Mandelson gave the statue its second unveiling on 4 April 2011.[35]
Knowledge Library Square on the campus of Queen Mary, University of London
Renaissance junction of Saffron Avenue and Clove Crescent Maurice Blik

Poplar

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Children's Memorial Poplar Recreation Ground 1919A. R. Adams Grade II Unveiled 23 June 1919.[36] Commemorates the 18 children who were killed in a bombing raid (the first daylight raid of World War I) on Upper North Street School on 13 June 1917.[37]
Shadow Play In front of Compass House, Mulberry Place 1992Dave King [38]
Virginia Settlers Monument Jamestown Way 1999Wendy Taylor [38]
Meridians and Metaphors Near the junction of Clove Crescent and Saffron Avenue David Jacobson

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Statue of Richard Green East India Dock Road 1865/6Edward William Wyon Statue Grade II [38]

Wapping

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DateArtist / designer Type Designation Notes
Cannon Entrance to St Katharine Docks 18th century [39]
Anchor of Amsterdam St Katharine Docks, at entrance to East Dock 1748 (placed here 1980s) [39]

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Girl with Dolphin Beside River Thames between Tower Bridge and entrance to docks 1973David Wynne [39]

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Timepiece Entrance to St Katharine Docks 1973Wendy Taylor [39]
Elephants Entrance to Ivory House, on gateposts 1973Peter Drew [39]
Geese Thomas More Street 1990David Norris [39]
To Meet Again Thomas More Street 1990Michael Beck [39]
Angelic Musician Thomas More Street 1991Carl Milles [39]
Exotic Birds and other sculptures Various locations around St Katharine Docks 1995–97Paula Haughney [39]

Shadwell

Image Title / subject Location and
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DateArtist / designer Type Designation Notes
Memorial to Edward VII King Edward Memorial Park 1922Bertram Mackennal Drinking fountain (formerly) The bronze portrait medallion of Edward VII was stolen in 2007.[40]
Navigators' Memorial King Edward Memorial Park 1922? Commemorative stone [40]

Spitalfields

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I Goat Brushfield Street 2011Kenny Hunter Sculpture N/A [41]
Vortex Lamb Street 1999Barbara Sandler Sculpture N/A [42]

Tower Hill

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Merchant Navy First World War Memorial Trinity Square Gardens

51.5096°N 0.0777°W / 51.5096; -0.0777 (Merchant Navy First World War Memorial)
1928William Reid DickEdwin Lutyens War memorial Grade I [43]
Memorial to Charles Wakefield, 1st Viscount Wakefield 41 Trinity Square 1937Cecil ThomasN/A Portrait plaque Grade II [44]

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Merchant Navy Second World War Memorial Trinity Square Gardens

51.5097°N 0.0780°W / 51.5097; -0.0780 (Merchant Navy Second World War Memorial)
1952Charles WheelerEdward Maufe War memorial Grade II* [45]

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Statue of Trajan Trinity Place

51.5099°N 0.0762°W / 51.5099; -0.0762 (Statue of Trajan)
20th century, after an original of the 2nd century AD?N/A Statue N/A [46]

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Sundial Wakefield Gardens, outside Tower Hill tube station 1992Edwin RussellJohn Chitty and Mike Duffie (landscape architects) Sundial N/A [47]

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Merchant Navy Falklands War Memorial Trinity Square Gardens

51.5097°N 0.0771°W / 51.5097; -0.0771 (Merchant Navy Falklands War Memorial)
2005Gordon NewtonN/A War memorial N/A [48]

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The Building Worker Tower Hill

51.5094°N 0.0756°W / 51.5094; -0.0756 (The Building Worker)
2006Alan WilsonN/A Statue N/A [49]

Hackney

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Baroness Burdett Coutts Drinking Fountain
Angela Burdett-Coutts, 1st Baroness Burdett-Coutts
Victoria Park

51.53707°N 0.03965°W / 51.53707; -0.03965 (Baroness Burdett Coutts Drinking Fountain)
1862N/AHenry Astley Darbishire Drinking fountain Grade II* [50]

Wapping

Image Title / subject Location and
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DateArtist / designer Type Designation Notes
Bluecoat Girl Raine's House ? Statue in niche
Bluecoat Boy Raine's House ? Statue in niche
Bust of John Rennie the Elder Spirit Quay 1992John Ravera Bust N/A [40]
Blitz Memorial Hermitage Riverside Memorial Garden 2008Wendy Taylor Sculpture N/A Unveiled in July 2008 by Hazel Blears, then the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and Alf Roffey, a survivor of the Blitz. On the site of Hermitage Wharf, which was destroyed in a bombing raid on 29 December 1940.[51]

Whitechapel and Stepney

Image Title / subject Location and
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DateArtist / designer Type Designation Notes
Statue of Alexandra of Denmark Whitechapel Road, behind the Royal London Hospital 1908George Edward Wade Grade II [52]

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Edward VII Memorial Drinking Fountain Mile End Road 1911William Silver Frith Grade II [53]
Bust of William Booth Mile End Road 1927George Edward Wade [54]
Statue of William Booth Mile End Road 1979 (casting)George Edward Wade [55]
Les Naïdes 45 Whitechapel Road 1985Ivor Abrahams [55]
Spitalfields Column Middlesex Street 1995Richard Perry
Ram and Magpie Allen Gardens Playground, Buxton Street 1996Paula Haughny
Shaheed Minars Martyr monument
Altab Ali
Altab Ali Park, on the corner of Whitechapel Road and White Church Lane 1999Shaheed Minar [55]
Statue of Catherine Booth Mile End Road 2015After an original by George Edward Wade Statue N/A Unveiled 2 July 2015.[56]
Goodman's Fields Horses Goodman's Fields Piazza 2015Hamish Mackie N/A Winner of the PMSA's Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Fountains.[57]

See also

References

  1. Historic England. "Blind Beggar and his Dog Cranbrook Estate (1031598)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  2. "Bethnal Green Underground Station Civilians (Stairway to Heaven)", War Memorials Register, Imperial War Museums, retrieved 13 April 2018
  3. Igor Mitoraj: Testa Addormentata, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  4. Lynn Chadwick: Couple on a Seat, retrieved 5 April 2015
  5. Igor Mitoraj: Centurione I, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  6. 'Leap', Jamestown Harbour, Isle of Dogs, London, Henry Moore Institute, archived from the original on 13 April 2015, retrieved 5 April 2015
  7. Giles Penny: Two Men on a Bench, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  8. Giusseppe [sic] Lund: Gatesculptural railings, Canary Wharf, retrieved 18 April 2015
  9. Igor Mitoraj: Centauro I, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  10. Giles Penny: Man with Arms Open, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  11. "Canary Wharf & East India Docks". Exploring East London. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  12. Gerald Laing: Relief portrait of Michael von Clemm, Canary Wharf, retrieved 17 April 2015
  13. "The Traffic Light Tree, Pierre Vivant 1998", CityNoise, archived from the original on 18 April 2010, retrieved 31 March 2010
  14. Keith Rand: Original Form, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  15. Konstantin Grcic: Six Public Clocks, Canary Wharf, retrieved 18 April 2015
  16. Jay Battle: Vanishing Point, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  17. Wendy Ramshaw: Columbus Screen, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  18. Leo Stevenson:The Hibbert Gate, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  19. Jon Buck: Returning to Embrace, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  20. Public and Corporate Commissions | Bob Allen – Sculptor Archived 2010-02-19 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 4 April 2010
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  22. Eilis O'Connell: Sacrificial Anode, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  23. Do König Vassilakis: Sasso Cosmico, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  24. Robert Worley: Avatar, Canary Wharf, retrieved 17 June 2015
  25. Charles Hadcock: Torsion II, Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  26. Drawing Cube (Blue), Canary Wharf, retrieved 5 April 2015
  27. The Sporting Statues Project: Domino Players: East India Dock, London Accessed 24 October 2014
  28. "Mills, John W., London River Man – PMSA". VADS: the online resource for visual arts. Retrieved 2019-02-06.
  29. 'Renaissance' – East India Dock, London, UK. – Commissions – Maurice Bilk Accessed 24 October 2014
  30. SCULPTURE IN THE WORKPLACE
  31. Art Map – Public Art at Canary Wharf, Canary Wharf Group
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  35. Lord Mandelson joins Lord Hennessy to unveil Clement Attlee statue, Queen Mary, University of London, 5 April 2011, archived from the original on 18 August 2011, retrieved 1 June 2015
  36. "Bombed School Memorial", National Recording Project, Public Monuments & Sculpture Association, archived from the original on 4 March 2016, retrieved 16 June 2015
  37. Matthews 2012, pp. 227–8
  38. Poplar's Free Art & History. Accessed 14 November 2010
  39. "St Katharine's Dock". Exploring East London. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  40. Matthews 2012, p. 227
  41. Historic England. "The Mercantile Marine First World War Memorial (1260087)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  42. Ward-Jackson 2003, p. 415.
  43. Historic England. "Merchant Seamens Memorial (1031597)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  44. Ward-Jackson 2003, p. 407.
  45. "Sundial", National Recording Project, Public Monuments & Sculpture Association, archived from the original on 8 April 2018, retrieved 7 April 2018
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  47. van der Krogt, René; van der Krogt, Peter, "The Building Worker", Statues – Hither & Thither, retrieved 7 April 2018
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  49. "Peace dove gardens unveiled for London's Blitz dead", The Docklands & East London Advertiser, 18 July 2008, retrieved 17 June 2015
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  51. Historic England. "King Edward VII Jewish Memorial Drinking Fountain opposite to main entrance of London Hospital (1065821)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
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Bibliography

  • Matthews, Peter (2012), London’s Statues and Monuments, Botley: Shire Publications
  • Ward-Jackson, Philip (2003), Public Sculpture of the City of London, Public Sculpture of Britain, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press
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