Sculpture Collection

Sculpture Collection

Welcome to our Sculpture collection!

Our exciting collection of sculptures can be found on permanent display all around the City.

With 25 pieces in the permanent collection, including work from Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley and Robert Erskine, our portfolio boasts one of the most impressive collections of works by British Sculptors in the country.

Peterborough has many artworks that inspire and delight

Jane Ackroyd - Little Prince

Materials: Oiled mild steel
Dimensions: 2430mm x 1220mm x 1220mm
Date Acquired: 1985

Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here

Christine Angus - Under the Ocean, Under the Sea


Material: Portland stone
Dimensions: 430mm (H) x 570mm (W) x 560mm (D)
740mm (H) x 770mm (W) x 560mm (D)
1150 (H) x 1780 (W) x 790 (D)
Date Acquired: 1983/1984
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here

David Annesley - Fire

Material: Steel
Dimensions: 4500mm x 4000mm
Date Acquired: 1980
Location: Burghley Sculpture Gardens

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

The location of, and directions to Fire can be found here


Sokari Douglas Camp - Festival Boat

Materials: Concrete on steel armature
Dimensions: 3300mm x 7300mm x 3700
Date Acquired: 1988
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here

Sir Anthony Caro - Lagoon


Materials: Oiled mild steel
Dimensions: 2160mm x 5210mm x 1600mm
Acquired: 1984
Location: Key Theatre

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 Thorpe Meadows. After several years in storage, the piece has found a new home outside the Key Theatre. 

b.1924, Surrey

The location of, and directions to Lagoon can be found here

Doug Cocker - State of a Nation

Material: Aluminium Sheet
Dimensions: 520mm x 550mm x 440mm
Date: 1985
Date Acquired: 2012
Location: Hampton Library & Leisure Centre

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.

The location of, and directions to State of a Nation can be found here

Elizabeth Cooke - Cormorant

Material: Found and hand finished materials; mainly mild steel
Dimensions: 1130mm (H) x 145mm (W) x 800 (D)
Date: 2000
Date acquired: 2007
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here

Miles Davies - Untitled, 1989

Material: Corten steel
Dimensions: 2960mm x 1500mm x 970mm
Date: 1989
Date Acquired: 1994
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here

Miles Davies - Untitled, 1990

Material: Corten steel
Dimensions: 2900mm x 8700mm x 1050mm
Date: 1990
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here

Bob Dawson - Bird In Flight

Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 2700mm x 650mm x 450mm
Date: Unknown
Location: Ferry Meadows

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.

The location of, and directions to Bird in Flight can be found here

Ben Dearnley - Louis Smith

Materials: Bronze
Date Acquired: 2015
Location: Vivacity Premier Fitness

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.

The location of, and directions to Louis Smith can be found here

Robert Erskine - Power Rhythm

Materials: Wrought stainless steel
Dimensions: 16000 mm x 5000 mm
Date Acquired: 2000
Location: Eye Roundabout, 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 managed by Vivacity and belongs as part of our sculpture collection.

The location of, and directions to Power Rhythm can be found here

Barry Flanagan - Opera Dog

Materials: Cast Bronze
Dimensions: 882mm x 876mm x 279mm
Date Acquired: 1982
Location: Key Theatre

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

The location of, and directions to Opera Dog can be found here

John Foster - Outside In


Materials: Oiled steel
Dimensions: 750mm x 750mm
Date Acquired: 1978
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here

Richard Gibson, Lee Mawby & David Whatley - Regeneration

Materials: Plywood, galvanised steel, copper sheet & aluminium sheet
Dimensions: 1300mm x 1900mm
Date Acquired: 1999
Location: Thorpe Meadows

Regeneration was created as a community sculpture with Richard Gibson, Lee Mawby and David Whatley. It was commissioned by PECT in 1999 to promote the Peterborough Green Wheel and was created during a number of events where the public were invited to participate by inscribing their memories of Peterborough.

The location of, and directions to Regeneration can be found on our map here

Antony Gormley - Places to Be

Material: Sheet Lead on Fibreglass with timber, tubular metal and structural foam
Dimensions: Figure 1 1920mm, Figure 2 1940mm, Figure 3 1920mm
Date Acquired: 1984
Location: Cathedral Square (Leeds Building Society, Queensgate & Norwich & Peterborough Building Society)

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.

Places to Be, as with many of his works, are made from casts of his own body. Originally, the three life size pieces were situated in Monkstone House offices in the city centre before being toured to Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough Cathedral and the City Gallery.

Places to Be is now on display in Cathedral Square.

b. London, 1950

The location of, and directions to Places to Be can be found here


Lee Grandjean - Peterborough Arch

Material: Iroko wood
Dimensions: 4800mm x 2340mm x 1290mm
Date: 1987
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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:

The location of, and directions to Peterborough Arch can be found on our map here

John Maine - Pyramid

Material: Portland Stone
Dimensions: 3500mm x 3000mm
Date Acquired: 1979
Location: Ferry Meadows

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 here

Barry Mason - Helios XVI

Material: Westwood Stone
Dimensions: 1600mm x 850mm x 7600mm
Date Acquired: 1987
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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:

b. 1952

The location of, and directions to Helios XVI can be found on our map here

Anne Nicholson - Creature

Material: Clipsham stone
Dimensions: 3500mm x 3000mm
Acquired: 1979
Artist: John Maine
Location: Thorpe Meadows

This abstract sculpture is carved from once large piece of Clipsham stone. The artist has used a mixture of hand carving and mechanical sawing to achieve this sculptural form. 

Born in 1956, Nicholson studied at Camberwell and the Slade and has worked on her pieces at Carrara and the Purbeck Quarries in Dorset. 

The location of, and directions to Creature can be found on our map here

Simon Perry - Quarry

Materials: Limestone
Dimensions: 1350mm x 2610mm x 520mm
Date Acquired: 1987
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here

Nicholas Pope - Odd Oaks

Materials: English Oak
Dimensions: 1210mm x 760mm (4 pieces)
Date Acquired: 1982
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here

Renn and Thacker - Aspire

Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 5700mm x 4500mm x 3100mm
Date: 2004
Location: IKEA Distribution Centre, Stanground

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.

The location of, and directions to Aspire can be found here

Tolleck Winner - People

Material: Oxidised steel
Dimensions: 1450 x 530 x 530
Date: 2006
Location: Thorpe Meadows

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 here