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This page highlights some of the public art in Guildford. We will be updating this page with more art over the coming months.
Public Art can be a powerful mechanism for conveying the heritage and history of an area. Art found in Guildford relates to the time and place of the area and to Guildford's distinct identity. It can define specific areas and give a unique character as well as a strong sense of place.
Designed specifically for its riverside location in Ladymead at the end of Woodbridge Meadows. Inspired by the poem 'Silver' by Walter de la Mare', the sculpture reflects the nature of the area in an eye-catching representation of fish swimming among tall, curved reeds. Artist Charles Normandale and his team led workshops with Northmead Junior School and a public workshop as part of the process. Silver Shoon was funded through private developments in the area and commissioned by Guildford Borough Council.
Silver by Walter de la Mare
Slowly, silently, now the moon
Walks the night in her silver shoon;
This way, and that, she peers, and sees
Silver fruit upon silver trees;
One by one the casements catch
Her beams beneath the silvery thatch;
Couched in his kennel, like a log,
With paws of silver sleeps the dog;
From their shadowy cote the white breasts peep
Of doves in a silver-feathered sleep;
A harvest mouse goes scampering by,
With silver claws and a silver eye;
And moveless fish in the water gleam,
By silver reeds in a silver stream.
The Golden Pollen is located in Woodbridge Meadows. Artist Tom Smith was inspired by the history of the river through Guildford and the origins of the town's name that may have come from "Golden Ford". He created an 'S' shaped gabion (stone held together by galvanised wire mesh) that is populated with native plants that would naturally grow in the meadow by the river. If you look closely, the gabions also include mini clay models of pollen grains made by local school children. There are also two timber models of pollen grains from plants that naturally grow in the area. Golden Pollen was funded through a private development and commissioned by the Council.
Juno the Torch Relay Legacy
Juno was the Roman Goddess of Olympians and the sculpture, designed by artist, Ian Campbell-Briggs, celebrates the Olympic Games 2012 Torch Relay coming through Guildford. Outside G Live, the sculpture is on the route of the relay and if you look closely at her, she is made up of hundreds of tiny shapes that represent the line of the route through Guildford. Juno was funded through a private development and commissioned by the Council.