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Public Art in Cambridge


Apologies for any mistakes on this page! Please contact me to get them corrected.

This doesn't pretend to cover all the public art in Cambridge. There is a lot of it, some of which is inside college grounds. See Cambridge Sculpture Trails for some of these. These sculptures can be seen from public roads. Other sculpture and carvings are quite small. See the Animals page for some of these. There is also art which is unofficial, and might be temporary - see Dinky Doors, herons, yarn bombing, paving stone and other Cambridge stories.

The following index is arranged (roughly) by location. It might be possible to walk round each area seeing everything, but I suggest that you look at the photos before making too wide a detour, to see if it's worth it! There are two more indexes at the bottom of this page, the artworks listed by artist and a picture index by date.

The map marks where to find the different items. 100 metres is about 100 yards, and 1 kilometre is about half a mile.

Things worth looking at are marked in red. Click on them, or on the links, for descriptions and pictures.

City centreNorth and WestEastSouthOff the map
College gates
3D maps
Guildhall doors
Snowy Farr
Carving, Petty Cury"
Talos
Between the Lines
Lions
Hobsons conduit
Grasshopper clock
Saxon carving, St Benets
Crocodile
Zoology Museum art
Gormley statue
Displaced Mihi
Sedgwick Museum art
Tibbs Row art
Mother and child
Diana rose garden
CamLETS
Cambridge Rules
Diver
Swimmers
Sycamore seed
Human sundial
Spinola gargoyle
Helix
Trellis
Round
Grotesque carvings
Flower Trail
Cambridge Core
War and Peace
Southern Shade
The Now
Isaac Newton Institute art
Flame
Triangulum
Ex Libris
Hommage
DNA double helix
Sidgwick Site art
3D map
Face in wood
Learner pool
Adam and Eve
Red Fringe
Two Elements...
Bird Stones
Hindu arch
Hot Numbers
Pub murals
Bike rings
Lever and knobs
Romsey R
Railway bench
Petersfield mural
Co-op symbols
Compass
Moonstone, Arrows and Obelisk
River Severn
The Barnwell Sentence
Playful Seating
Subway murals
I'm Laughing at Clouds
Let Us Be All We Can Be
Beehive honeycomb
Arch
S form
Spike bench
Swift Code
Fitzwilliam Museum
Darwin Window
Construction in Alumium
Flow
Hobson's conduit head
Chemistry Faculty bas-relief
Neurodegenerative diseases
Crystalline design
Scott Polar museum art
Roman Catholic church
Parkers Piece tiles
Dog mural
The Don
Bear and cub
War Memorial
Kett's Oak
Ridgeons bench
Reflective Editor
Tree of Knowledge
Bike park
Continental Drift
Ariadne Wrapped
Bee memorial
Ceres
Translucent Drawing
Wander
Statues round Hills Road
Milton Road
Arbury (North Cambridge)
Cambridge North (NE Cambridge)
Newmarket Road underpass
DNA path (South of Cambridge)



artist index
picture index by date



Museums and galleries

Fitzwilliam Museum
Kettles Yard
Heong Gallery, Downing College
Museum of Classical Archaeology
Saxon carving, St Benets Between the Lines, Lion Yard Talos, Guildhall Snowy Farr, Guildhall Carving, Petty Cury Cambridge Rules, Parkers Piece Zoology Museum art Gormley statue, in Downing Site Sedgwick Museum, in Downing Site Scott Polar museum art Moonstone, Arrows and Obelisk, Grafton Centre, East Road Grasshopper Clock, Benet Street Construction in Aluminium, Trumpington Street Swimmers, Mill Road Bird Stones, Mill Road cemetery War Memorial, bottom of Station Road Elizabeth Way roundabout murals 3D maps, Great St Mary 3D map, Queens Green Human Sundial, Jesus Green Cambridge Core, Magdalene Street Grotesque carvings Flower Trail CamLETS mural Chauvinist Ceres Tree of Knowledge Ridgeons bench Wander Kett's Oak I'm Laughing at Clouds River Severn Barnwell Sentence Playful Seating Helix Spinola gargoyle Co-op symbols Compass Crocodile Sedgwick Museum art Tibbs Row art Mother and child Two Elements uniting to form a Contract Petersfield mural Chemistry Faculty bas-relief Crystalline design Hobson's conduit head Roman Catholic church Parkers Piece tiles Fitzwilliam Museum Beehive honeycomb College gates Southern Shade The Now Isaac Newton Institute art Flame Triangulum Ex Libris Hommage DNA double helix Sidgwick Site art Arch Swift Code Spike bench Reflective Editor Continental Drift Bike park S form Translucent Drawing Adam and Eve Red Fringe Diver Diver Flow Guildhall doors Diana rose garden Trellis Romsey R Railway bench Neurodegenerative diseases Face in wood Lever Ariadne Wrapped Bee memorial Displaced Mihi Round Lions Bear and cub The Don Hindu arch Hobson's conduit War and Peace Learner pool sign Darwin Window Hot Numbers Pub murals Bike rings Dog mural Sycamore seed

Map of Sculpture in Cambridge

Click on the photos of artworks for a bigger version.


City centre


College gates

The Great Gate of St Johns College is its main entrance, in St Johns Street. This was built in 1516. The College Arms are flanked by curious creatures known as yales, mythical beasts with elephants tails, antelopes bodies, goats heads, and swivelling horns.

St Johns gatehouse St Johns gatehouse detail

Trinity College is in Trinity Street and its Great Gate built from 1490-1530. The gatehouse was finished in the reign of Henry VIII, and his statue is above the door. His original sceptre has been replaced by a chair leg (as a student joke).

Trinity gatehouseTrinity gatehouse detail

There are many more college gates which are worth looking at. Click here for more on them.


3D maps, front of Great St Marys

Outside Great St Mary's, there are two maps. Since these are 3D, they can be felt as well as looked at, so they can be used by the visually impaired. One map is of the city centre, and the other shows more of Cambridge. Click here for more details of this area.

There are inscriptions round the edge of one of them for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 2002, and the octocentenary of the City of Cambridge (its charter) in 2001.

The maps are made of bronze by Vernon McElroy and were installed in 2002. Vernon McElroy was a director of estate management at Cambridge University and a member of the Rotary Club of Cambridge Rutherford. He was a keen sculptor who designed and made these bronze tactile models. They were funded by Cambridge's four Rotary clubs. There is another map on Queens Green, see here.

3D map outside Great St Marys 3D map outside Great St Marys


Doors of Guildhall, by the market

Cambridge City Council is based in the Guildhall. Click here for more about it. These are its doors, dated 1933, and made by Lawrence Bradshaw.

Doors of Guildhall, by the market Doors of Guildhall, by the market Doors of Guildhall, by the market

Here is a close-up so you can see the style. There are also two decorated pedestals either side of the door, often used by tourists to sit on!

Doors of Guildhall, by the market Doors of Guildhall, by the market Doors of Guildhall, by the market

Above, there is the city coat of arms. Round the back of the Guildhall is another version of it, above what used to be the library, dated 1884.

City coat of arms City coat of arms


Snowy Farr, front of Guildhall

Snowy Farr was a greatly loved character of Cambridge, who collected money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. He wore a red uniform and top hat, and had a magnificent white beard. He had a small cart, with animals, and his cat used to sit on top of his hat, while mice ran round the rim. When he died in 2007, it was decided to have an artwork commemorating him. Here it is. It is called Snowy, by Gary Webb, and was unveiled in 2012.

Snowy Farr statue, Guildhall

Here is Snowy in all his splendour!

Snowy Farr


Carving in brick

This carving is on the wall of a shop in Petty Cury. I know nothing about it.

in Petty Cury in Petty Cury


Talos, Guildhall Street

By the side of the Guildhall, on the way to Petty Cury, there is a bronze statue called Talos. The date given for it is 1950, but it was put in its current position in 1973. It is by Michael Ayrton.

It has a plaque which says "Talos: Legendary man of bronze was guardian of Minoan Crete, the first civilisation of Europe. Sculptor, Michael Ayrton"

Talos, Guildhall


Between the Lines, Fisher Square

Tucked between the Guildhall and Lion Yard shopping centre, there is a small square called Fisher Square, used by shoppers to sit out in the sun, although most wouldn't know the name! In the middle is this sculpture called Between the Lines. Installed in 2007, it is made of granite, and is by Peter Randall-Page.

Between the Lines, near Guildhall

Between the Lines, near Guildhall


Lions, Lion Yard

The Lion Yard used to have a large red lion mounted on a pedestal. This was an old hotel sign. It got removed during renovations in 1999 and is now at the Cambridge University rugby club's ground on Grange Road. I've just noticed that where it used to be, on the wall, high up, there are two lions carved or moulded into the wall. Presumably they date from the renovation.

The other photo shows the back door to the Grand Arcade, from Fisher Square.

Lions, Lion Yard Lions, Lion Yard


Hobson's conduit

Hobson's conduit, St Andrews St

Hobson conduit in Trumpingto St is well known. However, it also runs, underground, in St Andrews St. Part of its route is marked by these charming plaques. They were cast by Taylors Foundry in Haverhill.

There is more about their location, plus other information about Thomas Hobson here.


Grasshopper Clock, Benet Street

On the corner of Benet Street and Kings Parade is a splendid clock called the Corpus Chronophage. The grasshopper on top of the clock is mentioned on the animal page. The grasshopper is actually the world's largest grasshopper escapement. This rocks backwards and forwards, converting the pendulum motion into the rotational motion of the cogwheel. In this clock, this escapement is a ferocious insect with teeth that bite together every minute, eating the time. The creature's eyes blink at random.

A plaque close by says "The Corpus Clock, designed by John C Taylor and inaugurated in 2008 by Stephen Hawking, is accurate every 5 minures". Click here for John C Taylor's webpage.

The clock has no hands. There are three circles of dots which show the hour, minute and second. The clock seems to hestitate from time to time, which explains why the clock is accurate every five minutes rather than all the time.

Under the clock is carved a quotation from 1 John 2:17 "Mundus transit et concupiscentia eius" or "The world passeth away, and the lust thereof." The first word looks like MUDUS rather than MUNDUS, but there is a line over the first U. This is a scribal mark showing that the word has been abbreviated.

Grasshopper clock

Quote under Grasshopper clock

MUDUS with scribal mark


Saxon carving, St Benets

St Benets church, in Benet Street, is the oldest church in Cambridge. Its tower is Saxon (early 11th century AD). Inside the church (which is usually open), the tower arch has two interesting carvings of animals. These are also, presumably, Saxon.

Saxon carving, St Benets

Saxon carving, St Benets

Saxon carving, St Benets


Crocodile, New Museums site

If you enter the New Museums site (previously known as the Old Cavendish) from the entrance in Free School Lane, you will see this crocodile. It is on the outer wall of the Mond Laboratory. The Laboratory was built in 1933 by the Royal Society for Kapitza to continue his work into intense magnetic fields. During the building work, those passing the lab were surprised to see a figure in a brown monk's habit busily chipping away at the brickwork behind a tarpaulin screen. This was Eric Gill who had been commissioned by Kapitza to carve both a plaque of Rutherford and this Crocodile - "The Crocodile" being Kapitza's pet name for Rutherford, either because of his fear of having his head bitten off by him, or because his voice could be relied upon to precede his visits, just like the crocodile's alarm clock in "Peter Pan". This information is taken from here.

Crocodile


Zoology Museum art

There are two striking art works made of slate on the sides of buildings near the Zoology Museum. These are called Slate Work East and Slate Work South. They are close together on the map, but further to walk. One is tucked under a metal staircase on Corn Exchange Street. For the other, you need to enter the New Museums site on the north side of Downing Street, and turn right.

Both works are made of Welsh slate (see below, right). Holes have been left between them in the hope that native bees will use them!

The artists are Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey and these were commissioned in 2016. Their website is here - it describes the works in more detail.

Slate Work South, Corn Exchange Street

Slate Work East, Corn Exchange Street

Slates in Slate Work

Mechanical Whale, Zoology Museum

In the entrance lobby of the Zoology Museum, there is a mechanical whale. This was installed in 2018. It was created by Matthew Lane Sanderson, with figures by Rachel Wood. It is a fantasy Zoological ariship representing a roving glocal centre for ecological scientific education, research and exhibition, a mirror of the Zoology Museum itself. The crew of the whale include; past and present eminent Professors of Zoology, a curator, technicians, young students and resident artists.

You can turn a handle to make things move (you are invited to make a donation if you do.)


Gormley statue, in Downing Site

Antony Gormley is one of Britain's best known contemporary sculptors. He made the Angel of the North. There is a Gormley sculpture in Cambridge which is rather smaller! In fact, it takes some finding.

The entrance of the Downing Site is in Downing Street. Walk in and turn slightly towards your left. In the paving, you will see two human-sized foot prints (see right). Apparently this installation is a human figure buried up side down with only the soles of the feet showing. There is no information near-by about it, and you can walk right over it without seeing it if you're not careful. It is dated 2002, and it is called Earthbound: Plant.

Gormley statue, in Downing Site

Weather vane, in Downing Site Look up, above the Sedgwick Museum, to see a weather vane with an appropriate animal on it!

Nearby, on the lawn, there is a rather splendid sun dial. From sundial walk: "The rather battered sundial near the Downing Street entrance to the site is actually a collection of 17 dials all cut into a single block of stone. The sundial was presented by Professor Sir William Ridgeway (a famous archaeologist and classical scholar) and his wife Lucy in 1913. Their daughter, also named Lucy, married the son of John Venn (of diagrams fame). Sir William and (daughter) Lucy later set up the University's Ridgeway-Venn Travel Fund. According to University Ordinances, the first call on this Fund is for the maintenance of this sundial."

Sun dial, in Downing Site

Displaced Mihi, in Downing Site

After entering the Downing Site, turn to your right. This sculpture is by the back door to the Arc and Anth museum, which is in the corner. There is a board nearby, which says:

Lyonel Grant (born 1957) is an internationally distinguished Maori sculptor, renowned for work that bridges customary practice and contemporary art.

Displaced Mihi was made especially for the Museum of Archaeology and Anthroplogy. The work adapts the traditional tekoteko, the figure that stood at the top of a customary meeting house to challenge and welcome visitors. On the surface of this contemporary bronze, customary design has been replaced with writings and imagery, referring to history and empire. Displaced Miki offers a Polynesian welcome to visitors to the northern hemisphere museum, an acts as kaitiaki, as guardian, of the ancestral treasures from many cultures that are here.

Gift of John and Fiona Gow and whanau, Aotearoa new Zealand, 2020.

Displaced Mihi, in Downing Site Displaced Mihi, in Downing Site Displaced Mihi, in Downing Site Displaced Mihi, in Downing Site


Sedgwick Museum art

The Sedgwick Museum is in the Downing site, close by. The architect of the Sedgwick Museum was Thomas Graham Jackson and he was responsible for this art (see here. The museum was opened in 1904. The stairs leading to the museum have pairs of splendid animals at the bottom, bears and bisons. Why bears and bison? In 1904 geologists found fossils of bear and bison in the gravels of Barrington, a village south-east of Cambridge. There is also a model of a dinosaur, Clare the Tyrannosaurus rex by Ian Curran (and nothing to do with Thomas Graham Jackson). It was centrepiece at Clare college's "Primordial" May Ball in 2014, and then acquired by the Sedgewick Museum, which involved moving it through the centre of Cambridge! See more here.

By the way, all this should not be confused with art in the Sidgwick Site.

Bear Bison Clare the T. rex

To see the art below, you need to go out of the Downing site and turn right, to see the outside of the Sedgwick Museum. The coat of arms of Cambridge University is supported by an iguanodon (on the left) and a giant sloth (on the right). Beyond is this mammoth

Iguanodon and sloth Mammoth

These gren men (and a lion) are above the entrance of the Downing site. These are monsters (myths?) which can be found in medieval churches, although here they are Victorian. The pillars have grining faces as well.

Green satyr Green lion Green man Downing Site pillar

This is above the gate to the Downing Site. The motton says "Hinc lucem et pucula sacra" which means "Out of here comes light and sacred draughts". The lady in the middle holds a sun and a cup to represent these. She is labelled "Alma Mater Cantabrigia", which means "Bountiful mother Cambridge". If you look carefully at her, she is indeed bountiful - she's lactating! She's the University's emblem.

Downing gate

The drainpipes on the front of the Downing site are decorated with bees.

Downing gate Downing gate


Tibbs Row art

This ornate coat of arms with two supporting cherubs was originally on the Edwardian Norwich Union building, on the corner of Downing Street and St Andrews St. It gets moved around the place as buildings get built, and subsequently demolished! This website says "Another attractive Edwardian building on this site was destroyed to build the hideous Norwich Union building on the Downing Street/St.Tibbs Row corner - they preserved the statue of cherubs from over the door and it sat somewhat incongruously over the new entrance. This building was in turn demolished to build the Grand Arcade." At present, it is at the end of Tibbs Row, a small road off Downing Street, at the back of John Lewis, above a carpark entrance.

Tibbs Row art Tibbs Row art

Mother and child

This sculpture is on the side of the John Lewis building, between Downing Street and St Andrews Street. It faces Downing Street, and is quite high up the building. It is called Mother and Child, by Sophie Dickens, and is dated 2008. It is made of carved wood.

Mother and child

Diana Rose Garden, Christs Pieces

Christs Pieces is a park close to the centre. When Diana, Princess of Wales, died in 1997, the city council decided to make this rose garden as a memorial. A plaque says "Diana, Princess of Wales Rose Garden, opened by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Cambridge, Councillor Richard Smith JP on 22nd September 1999".

Diana Rose Garden Diana Rose Garden

Another memorial close by commemorates Andrew Murden.


CamLETS mural

CamLETS mural, Parker's Piece

Round the back of Hobbs pavilion, there is a mural about CamLETS. LETS stands for Local Exchange Trading System. It is a way a community can trade skills, services or goods without needing or using real money.

There is a small plaque in the centre saying "Cambridge 2000 - Sustainable City" and on the mural it says "Act locally" and "CamLETS". There was a Cambridge City Council community arts project funded by the Millennium Priority Development Programme for community groups to make mosaics and this is the CamLETS one. A description connected with another mosaics in the project says "The mosaic is part of a larger project called Mosaics for the Millennium. This is a partnership between Cambridge Sustainable City and the City Council's Community Arts Team inspired by Local Agenda 21, offering groups the opportunity to make a mosaic for their chosen site celebrating this special year. Local Agenda 21 is a plan for the 21st century adopted by the City Council which seeks to secure a sustainable future for the city by embracing the three E's - Economy, Equity and the Environment. Groups explore these themes artistically in their mosaics."


Cambridge Rules, Parker's Piece

On Parker's Piece, near the swimming pool, there is a statue celebrating the Cambridge Rules. Before 1848, there were no accepted national rues for Association football (or soccer). Public schools each had their own rules. When these school boys came to study at Cambridge University, this caused problems! So they drew up a set of "Cambridge Rules", and these are given on the statue. These were the basis of the future national rules for football.

The artwork gives the rules in different languages, to show the international spread of football. It is teamed with Street Child United which uses sport to give a voice to street children. So this is only part of the artwork. Other parts are located around the world. The website of the sculpture is here.

The artists are Alan Ward and Neville Gable, and it was "unveiled" in 2018 (by taking off the football scarves in the third photo.)

Cambridge Rules on Parkers Piece Cambridge Rules on Parkers Piece Cambridge Rules on Parkers Piece


Diver, Swimming Pool, Gonville Place

The entrance of the swimming pool and Kelsey Kerridge sports centre has this sculpture in the glass lobby. On this page, I am not usually describing artworks inside buildings, but the swimming pool is usually open, and if it isn't, you can see this through the glass. Don't get in the way of people wanting to go in and out, though!

It has a plaque which says "Diver, Esther Joseph". It is dated 1990.

Swimmers, Swimming Pool, Mill Road


Sycanore Seeds Sycanore Seeds

Sycanore Seeds, Gonville Hotel, Gonville Place

This sculpture of two sycamore seeds is at the front of Gonville Place. I don't know anything about it.


Swimmers, Swimming Pool, Gonville Place

To one side of Parker's Piece, there is a patch of green called Donkey's Common, with the swimmin pool. This has an attractive roof, like a wave. Tucked behind it, among some bushes, is a statue of some swimmers.

It has a plaque which says "Swimmers: from the design of the late Betty Rea (1904-1966), by John W. Mills, unveiled in May 1966 by J.B.Collins Esquire, who as Mayor of Cambridge 1963-1964 launched an appeal to pay for the commission of this work."

Swimmers, Swimming Pool, Mill Road

Human Touch, Swimming Pool, Mill Road

Human Touch mural, Swimming pool

I'm not sure whether this mural is temporary or permanent. It says:

"The Human Touch" Fitzwilliam Museum. Thanks to Nelly Duff Gallery, Giacomo Run 2021


North and West


Human Sundial, Jesus Green

Jesus Green is a pleasant green area by the river, near the city centre - see the second river walk. Near Jesus lock bridge, there are some flat stones laid out in the grass (and easy to overlook). These are the Human Sundial. This needs a person to complete it. You stand on the mark, and your shadow shows the time. Click here for more about it. The Human Sundial is in memory of Vernon McElroy and was unveiled in 2014. Vernon McElroy was a member of the Rotary Club of Cambridge Rutherford, and he conceived the idea of this sundial a year earlier. He also designed and made the 3D maps of Cambridge described above.

Sundial in Jesus Green Sundial in Jesus Green Sundial in Jesus Green

The stone in the centre marks where you should stand according to which month it is. Your shadow then falls onto the stones round the edge to give the time. The photos on the right, above, show it in use during a sunny Christmas Day, which produced good, long shadows! By the way, the stone area at the top of the third picture is not part of the sundial. It is the base of a bandstand.


Spinola gargoyle, Quayside

This gargoyle features Benedick Spinola, an Elizabethan banker. Magdalene College owned some land in London. In 1574, Benedick Spinola persuaded the college to temporarily transfer the title of the land to him, in order to increase the rental. Then Spinola sold the land to the Earl of Oxford, for £2,500. Magdalene College considered it had been cheated but was unable to regain the land. When Magdalene redeveloped the Quayside site in 1989, it avenged itself by erecting a gargoyle representing Spinola, designed by Peter Fluck and Roger Law, the creators of Spitting Image. See Magdalene College history, and click on "High Finance and Low Cunning".

It is quite hard to find this gargoyle, however. Walk from Quayside to entrance of the boardwalk, just beyond the punt station. There is an entrance to a restaurant, with a short brick wall between you and the river. Look over the wall to see the gargoyle.

On top it says "BENEDICT SPINOLA 12 XII 1574". The coat of arms is Spinola's own (the pointy thing is a spinola, for tapping a barrel). This is a true gargoyle, with water sometimes spouting from its mouth. Moral - Cambridge colleges have long memories!

Spinola Gargoyle Spinola Gargoyle Spinola Gargoyle Spinola Gargoyle


Helix

Helix, Thompson Lane

A hotel in Thompson Lane has this artwork set into its wall. It's labelled "Helix, Christophe Gordon-Brown 2011". It may be a reference to the DNA helix, as Francis Crick, one of the discoverers, lived in Portugal Place, close by. Unfortunately, this is a spiral, not a helix (which is a 3D spiral). Also, it is a single spiral, and the DNA helix is a double helix. Never mind!


Trellis, Thompson Lane

This website about a development in Thompson Lane says "Public Art for this development comprises an artwork designed by artist Cath Campbell to both compliment and deliberately disrupt the architectural rhythm and aesthetic of the space. Cath created an intricately woven permanent timber sculptural installation for the south corner of St Clement's Gardens, beginning at ground level and reaching to the third storey. The artwork creates both a sculptural object and a functional support for a planting scheme that will be trained across the artwork. This significant feature provides a focal point for the building that can be viewed from Bridge Street." It doesn't seem to have a name, but its function is a trellis.

Trellis

Trellis, Thompson Lane

I know absolutely nothing about this! It's in Round Church Street, outside the Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts. It seems to have appeated around 2016.

Round

Grotesque carvings, Magdalene Street

25 Magdalene Street is 16th Century. It has wood carvings supporting the beams across the building. There is a local story that these used to advertise a brothel! However, it is more likely that these grotesques were a protection against witchcraft.

Carving in Magdalene Street Carving in Magdalene Street Carving in Magdalene Street Carving in Magdalene Street


Flower Trail, Magdalene Street

This is both a large and small scale artwork! There are small bronze flowers set into the pavement, along Magdalene Street (on one side of the street only). The map at the top of the page gives red dots showing the range, but it is not trying to describe the position of particular flowers accurately!

The plaque near the Cambridge Core (see below) describes this artwork. it is by Michael Fairfax, 2001.

Bronze Flower Path Bronze Flower Path


Cambridge Core, Magdalene Street

This rather strange bronze column, on the corner of Magdalene Street and Chesterton Lane, is by by artist Michael Fairfax, 2001. Click on the photo for more of it, although it is hard to photograph! "Magdalene" is pronouned "Maudlin", by the way!

It is described in a plaque nearby, which says "This sculpture, by artist Michael Fairfax, represents layers of Cambridge history dating back to Roman times. It was inspired by finds from an excavation at this site by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit in 2000. The dig revealed a medieval coin hoard - the Magdalene Hoard - now preserved in the Fitzwilliam Museum. Remnants of a Roman Street, first millennium burial sites, Saxon and Medieval buildings and a nineteenth-century public house were also found during the dig funded by Anglian Water. To make the sculpture, oak tree trunks from Wimpile Hall were carved, and then cast in bronze. The wooden model is on display at the Cambridge Folk Museum. This Gateway feature is part of a public art project, which includes Street-Side Bollards and a Bronze Flower Path leading from St John's corner to this point. It was sponsored by Cambridgeshire County and Cambridge City Councils."

The Cambridge Core and the Flower Trail (above) were cast by Taylors Foundry in Haverhill.

Layers of History, on Castle Street Layers of History, on Castle Street


War and Peace, Hertford Street

Megan Fitzoliver emailed me to say "You might like to head up Hertford St to see War and Peace, which is an installation of mine, the iron work part of which was created working with and at Taylors Foundry. The space behind the sculptural railings is part of the installation; a growing space to show the seasons and a herb garden (currently needing a replacement rosemary as it was hit by frost!) and more work on the sandbags (the original ones were made from coffee sacks to represent climate change). " and later "War and Peace was created in 2018 to mark the Centenary of WW1 ending. There’s a lot of detail and meaning in every part, but two snippets: Athol was a Signaller, hence the morse code. The map in the base on the left section was his route through the Somme in 1918, in his handwriting (up to the date he took down the signal for peace). In the right hand base, amongst other things, there are 100 flowers of peace (poppies for GB, cornflowers for France, forget me nots for Germany).

War and Peace, Hertford Street War and Peace, Hertford Street War and Peace, Hertford Street War and Peace, Hertford Street


Southern Shade

Southern Shade, front of Churchill College, Storey's Way

Churchill College is to the north of Cambridge city centre, on Storey's Way, between Madingley Road and Huntingdon Road. Apparently there is a lot of sculpture within its grounds. Two of these are at the front, so visible from the road. You may be able to visit the college to see the rest - check at the porter's lodge.

This is Souther Shade, by Nigel Hall, dated 2012. The artist's website is here.


The Now

The Now, front of Churchill College, Storey's Way

The other sculpture in front of Churchill College is also by Nigel Hall. It is The Now, dated 1999. The college website describes it here. It says "By placing a wedge and a cone together in a position that individually would be impossible to sustain, Nigel Hall enables them to stand in mutual support."

Murray Edward College is close to Churchill College, on the Huntingdon Road, and also has sculpture in its grounds. It has a notable collection of women's art inside the college, called the New Hall Art Collection, see here - again call in at the porter's lodge to see if you can visit. By the way, "New Hall" was the old name of Murray Edwards College, and the art collection didn't want to change the name - it's complicated...


Sculptures in front of Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Studies, Clarkson Road

These three sculptures are all by John Robinson. They are from the Universe Series. From left to right, the individual scultures are called "Creation" (dated 1991), "Intuition" (dated 1993) and "Genius" (dated 1995). There is more about the artist here.

Sculpture in front of Isaac Newton Institute Sculpture in front of Isaac Newton Institute Sculpture in front of Isaac Newton Institute

This sculpture nearby was installed to mark the centenary of the original description of the Sierpinski Tree in 1915 (and so, presumably, in 2015). Click on the description for a bigger version.

Sculpture in front of Isaac Newton Institute Sculpture in front of Isaac Newton Institute


Flame

Flame, Herschell Road, off Grange Road

This is called Flame, by Helaine Blumenfeld, dated 2004.

Helaine Blumenfeld's website is here. Chauvinist, on Hills Road, is by the same artist.


Triangulum, corner of Herschell Road and Grange Road

This is called Triangulum, by John Sidney Carter, dated 2016.

Triangulum is a constellation in the night sky. This sculpture pays homage to the astronomer Frederick Herschel who lived nearby. For more on the artist and work, see here.

Triangulum Triangulum


Ex Libris, in front of University Library, between West Road and Burrell Walk

There is a line of stacks of books (in bronze) in front of the UL (University Library). This is called Ex Libris, by Harry Gray, dated 2009.

"Ex Libris" with a library name is written inside books to give the library or book collection that they belong to. The middle four stacks of books are bigger than the rest, and a book in each of these has part of the title of the artwork - EX - LI - BR - IS - you can see one of these in the right-hand photo. You can read more about it here. The middle four stacks can be rotated.

Ex Libris Ex Libris Ex Libris


Hommage, in Clare, opposite Cambridge University Library.

This statue is by Helaine Blumenfeld, and was unveiled in 2022. It is called Hommage, and marks the college’s 50th anniversary of co-education. Click here and here for more details.

This sculpture is within Clare college grounds, but is visible if the gate opposite the University Library is open.

Hommage


DNA Double Helix

DNA Double Helix, off Queens Road

This statue is by landscape designer and artist Charles Jencks, and was installed in 2005. It was donated by Professor James D. Watson. James Watson was a graduate student with rooms on R staircase of Memorial Court, Clare College when he and fellow student Francis Crick made the 1953 breakthrough which was to unlock the key of life. He was made an Honorary Fellow of Clare College in 1967. Click here for more details.

This sculpture is within Clare college grounds, but is visible if the gate is open.


Art in the Sidgwick Site, between West Road and Sidgwick Avenue

Cambridge delights in having similarly named places not necessarily near each other. We have already met art in the Sedgwick Museum above, and now here is art in the (slightly differently spelt) Sidgwick Site. They both have Gormleys as well.

DAZE IV is by Antony Gormley, dated 2014. The cast iron sculpture was originally situated on Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Landmark Trust. Its installation date in this position was 2016. It is apparently on a long term loan for 10 years. You can read more about it here. Anthony Gormley's website is here.

Gormley DAZE IV

Bigger Bite

Bigger Bite by Nigel Hall, dated 2010. More here.

Span

Span by Phillip King, dated 1967. More here.

Closer to West Road, there is a bank of grey stone, with insets. If you go round the back of it, it's a cycle park! One of the insets says "Christine Kettaneh, mute melodies, 2013, [A:L:L]". Her website about the artwork is here, where she says "I wonder what would result if I asked key cutters to save all the metal filings - that metallic dust that gets lost when the keys are cut. What if I collected them? What if I restored the wholeness back to the keys?"

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There are three rocks next to the Museum of Classical Archaeology. This website explains all: "In 2000-2010, a small extension for the Classics building was constructed, and as part of this, the grass plot between Classics and Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (FAMES) was landscaped. FAMES in particular was very keen on a garden, and it was decided to adopt a minimalist approach: a flower border, a single tree, and three boulders, rather reminiscent of a Japanese garden. Colleagues of the Faculty visited a stone yard in Fenstanton (possibly Bannold) in the spring of 2010 and chose: one large boulder of Scottish granite, one pillar of Welsh slate and a 'stele' of Western Irish quartz." By the way, the Museum of Classical Archaeology is well worth visiting. It has full-sized plaster replicas of classical statues.

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3D map on Queens Green

3D map, Queens Green

If you walk from Silver Street bridge towards Queen Road, there is a path on the right over a grassed area. See the third river walk for details of this area. Here is a 3-D map, which describes the centre of Cambridge. Since it is 3D, it can be felt as well as looked at, so it can be used by the visually impaired. Its position is perhaps explained by the fact that tourist buses frequently park in Queens Road.

The map is made of bronze by Vernon McElroy and were installed in 2002. Two more, similar 3D maps are in front of Great St Marys - see here. Vernon McElroy was a director of estate management at Cambridge University and a member of the Rotary Club of Cambridge Rutherford. He was a keen sculptor who designed and made these bronze tactile models. They were funded by Cambridge's four Rotary clubs.


Face in a tree trunk

To find this, cross Silver Street bridge to the non Anchor side. Behind the pavilion, there is a steep flight of steps down to the river, where there are punts for hire. At the bottom of the steps is this sculpture.

This may be by Spiros Tsironis (his website).

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There is a learner pool on Sheeps Green. There used to be swimming in the river. This modern pool is heralded by this splendid sign/bee hotel. The sign says "1828-1831 Charles Darwin is an undergraduate at Cambridge University. He enjoys collecting insects on Sheeps Green together with contemporary Leonard Jenyns. You can still see the beetles they collected in the University Zoology Museum."

Learner Pool Learner Pool


East



Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve, Adam and Eve Street

Adam and Eve Street is a residential street parallel to East Road. This mural is tucked away in the doorway of a modern development called Garden Court (built in 2007). It is by local artist Kate Klinck. The tree is the tree of knowledge and the birds represent Adam and Eve. Eve is the topmost one tempting Adam with the apple!


Red Fringe, East Road

If you start from Parkers Piece and walk along East Road, you will see this immediately on your left, surrounding the entrance to a gated community. It is Red Fringe, by by Vong Phaophanit and Claire Oboussier, dated 2013. It is mentioned here.

Red Fringe


Two Elements uniting to form a Contract, East Road

Just beyond the previous artwork is this piece also on your left. It is Two Elements uniting to form a Contract, by Colin Rose, dated 2005, and it looks better without the tree getting in the way.

Two Elements uniting to form a Contract

Two Elements uniting to form a Contract


Bird Stones, Mill Road cemetery

In Mill Road cemetery, there are a number of sculptures called Bird Stones. These are by the sculptor Gordon Young in 2014. His website describes the artwork. It says "The work was inspired by the cemetery's bird life. Each of the sculptures celebrates a species and their location found within the space, each work features bird poetry and a description of their calls." There are perches for the birds, and a groove along the top is intended to hold rain water, for the birds to drink. Most of the sculptures are stones, but one is made of wood, from the tree that used to be outside Holy Trinity in Cambridge City centre.

Dove by Gordon Young
Crow by Gordon Young Gold Finch by Gordon Young Robin by Gordon Young Blackbird by Gordon Young
House Sparrow by Gordon Young Song Thrush by Gordon Young

Map of Birdsong by Gordon Young


Hindu arch

This archway came from the Bharat Bhavan, the Hindu temple which used to be housed in the old library, near the railway bridge on Mill Road. It was carved by hand in Rajasthan, a feat that took five years. It was created specifically for Cambridge and arrived here in 2006. in 2019, the old library was taken over for another use, and the archway was about to be thrown in a skip. However, Mr D'Angelico, who is part of the Mill Road Traders' Association, bought it from the council for £1. He wished to save it as he came from a family of stonemasons and recognised the quality of the carving. Funds were raised from local residents to install the arch in its current position outside Ditchburn Place. It was "opened" in 2023. The website about the project is here.

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Hot Numbers shop mural

If you look down Kingston Street, you will see a mural advertising a record shop. The shop disappeared some time ago, but the mural has survived. There is a coffee shop called Hot Numbers in Gwydir St.

Record shop mural


Geldart murals

The Geldart is on the corner with Sleaford Street. This has some murals, painted during the pandemic. Note the Covid viruses, the musician wearing a mask, and the message "Stay at home". There's a reference to take away as well - this meant beer as well as food.

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Bike rings

On the corner of Milford Street and Gwydir Street, a pub called The Alex has rings for parking your bike.

Alex bike rings


Ironworks

Ironworks is a new housing development. The main entrance is by the Mill Road Library, Headly Street, but there is pedestrian (and cycle) access from Hooper Street, by Ainsworth Street, which is right by some of the artworks. The artworks are described here.

Map of Sculpture in ironworks

The correct name for the first artwork is "Steam Power". It is by Tom Pearman, and was installed in 2022. The signs are part of the artwork, but tend to get overlooked. The artworks' website says "'Steam Power' is a piece referencing the site’s use in the 1850s. Under the partnership of Headly and Manning, The Eagle Foundry manufactured a wide variety of steam-powered machinery and engines including engine boilers, gasometers and pumps for use on the land or for fen drainage. "

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On the other end of the Ironworks site, there is the artwork on the right above. I assume that this is also by Tom Pearman. The knobs are labelled Open, Join, Receive, Respond. These may be the PYE radio switches. The website says "The 'PYE Radio Switches' reference the radios and TVs, manufactured at the former Cambridge based PYE factory, having been in the homes surrounding the development and many of the PYE workers, local residents of Petersfield and the surrounding areas'. Note that the artist has also carelly labelled the entrance intercom!

Knobs, Ironworks

This should be called Pye Stools. They look like TV knobs.

Pye Stools by Tom Pearman Pye Stools by Tom Pearman

These seem to be controls for scientific instruments. They are in the same square, near the buildings, in the coner.

Pye Stools by Tom Pearman Pye Stools by Tom Pearman

Timekeeper, Ironworks

The Ironworks website says of the following: "Jo Chapman's 'Timekeeper' piece has been installed. Our thanks to the local community members who took part in the workshops and helped create this piece and the poem it contains." The poem is on one end. It says

What is a piece of land called
when it has worn so many times
made space for skill and care and sweat.
On this ground a man rummaged around the yard
his sight dimmed but the nose knowing:
concrete-chalk: wood-oak: bolt-rust.

Timekeeper by Jo Chapman Timekeeper by Jo Chapman Timekeeper by Jo Chapman

This is close by. I don't know whether it is an artwork or not!

In Ironworks

This one is easy to overlook. It is close to the previous artworks, but you need to look between two buildings, and look up! It is Train Signal Switch by Tom Pearman. The ironworks website says "Train Signal Switch references the Eagle Foundry, which occupied the central part of what was to become the council store yard." One of the levers says "EAGLE FOUNDRY - G.E.R MAIN LINE". The railway line is very close!

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These switches are on the side of a building next to an outdoor area. More switches by Tom Pearman! Domestic this time, I think. The last photo shows how they relate to each other.

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This memorial is in the same area, installed in 2023. The plaque says "In memory of Allan Brigham 1951-2020. Road sweeper for Cambridge City Council, trade unionist, historian, tour guide and community enthusiast. Allan loved Mill Road and Mill Road loved him. Broom designed and made by Scott bailey & Tas Claydon of McKays, Cambridge. Concept: Mill Road History Society." This is wonderful! It looks as if Allan has just left his broom propped up against a wall while he investigated something more interesting. Also, the Council Depot where he worked from has been replaced by the Ironworks development.

Memorial to Allan Brigham Memorial to Allan Brigham Memorial to Allan Brigham

I suspect that these aren't artworks! Very attractive, though. They are in the same outdoor area. I hope the bees don't get confused and go into the bird box!

Bird box Bee hotal


Romsey R, corner of Mill Road and Cavendish Road

This sculpture is by Harry Gray and Will Hill. It was unveiled at the 2018 Mill Road Winter fair. The Romsey district is historically associated with the railways ever since it was developed in the nineteenth century to provide homes for railway workers. The project has been commissioned to celebrate the people and history of Romsey and their relationship with the railway. The destinations on the sculpture are residents' significant railway journeys. Click here for more about it.

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Railway bench, Mill Road, outside Co-op (near Thoday Street

I'm not sure if this is an official artwork at all! It is a bench outside the Co-op, with railway signs with the names of station staff on it.

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Petersfield mural, East Road

Norfolk Street lies off East Road. Half way along, beyond the pub, there is a line of modern shops. At the end, on the corner with St Matthews Street, there is a small garden, with this mural on the wall. The mosaic was created by clients of Ditchburn Day Centre (on Mill Road). The signpost in the middle points to Mill Road Cemetery, St Matthews Piece, Fenners and Ditchburn Place. It represents Petersfield open spaces. There is a list of names underneath, presumably the people who made it.

The garden is called Millenium Garden and was opened in June 2002. See more here, which also described a second mural, now rather over-grown!

Petersfield mural


Co-op symbols, Burleigh Street

The biggest shop in Burleigh Street used to be the Co-op. This was an extravagent Victorian building, rather run down, but with some attractive stone plauqes. Some showed a beehive, with the slogan "Unity is Strength" and some a sheaf of wheat. These represented the values of the Co-op. The date 1899 is also shown. This building was demolished in 2003 and replaced by a modern store which is now Primark. However, the stone plaques were preserved and now adorn the front of the new building. The third photo shows the old building.

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As you can see from the photo above, there was also lettering across the front of the building. This said "Cambridge Cooperative Society Ltd Estd 1868 Central Premises". When the building was demolished, these stones were made into benches in a bike parking area at the back of Primark. They may be on private property, but it's easy to get in, and no-one seemed to mind! The entrance is in Paradise Street (parallel to Burleigh St, behind Primark). First there is an area with a goods entrance to primark. But if you walk closer to the building, you find a way round to the bike racks, and the bench. The lettering now reads "Cambridge Cooperative Society Estd 1868 Central Premises", which means they have lost the "Ltd". Perhaps someone broke it!

The first photos were taken by Jacob Nevins (with his kind permission). The last couple are by me, showing how the area has become overgrown.

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Opposite the entrance to that, in Paradise Street, is Guthrie Court, an attractive building with an interesting door.

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Compass, junction of Burleigh Street and Fitzroy Street

I'm afraid that I know practically nothing about this artwork! It's positioned at the meeting of Fitzroy Street and Burleigh Street, in front of the Grafton Centre. The letters N,W,S,E are set into the ground representing the points of the compass. Inside there are small lights (they come on at night, or at least some of them do), perhaps representing stars? I don't know who did it, its proper title, or what it represents.

Compass Compass


Moonstone, Arrows and Obelisk, Grafton Centre, East Road

If you walk along East Road, there is a bus stop outside the Grafton Centre. In the middle of this is this sculpture "Moonstone, Arrows and Obelisk" by Peter Logan, dating from 1990's. The arrows are a mobile, so the top constantly changes.

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River Severn River Severn

River Severn, Severn Place, off East Road

Between the Grafton Centre and the Elizabeth Way roundabout, there is a road off to the left, leading to the multi-story carpark. Ignore this road (but not the traffic on it, it can be busy!) and go along a narrow road between that and East Road. After a bit, you will see this artwork on the side of a building, on the left. The title, River Severn, is explained by the name of the road - Severn Place (I never knew that!) It is by Issam Kourbaj in collaboration with Richard Bray, and is dated 2011. It is described as coloured glass on brick wall, but only part of the wall is brick. Perhaps the rest is part of the artwork.


The Barnwell Sentence, Kingsley Walk and Newmarket Road (near Maid's Causeway)

Walk from the Elizabeth Way roundabout towards the city centre. The road is still called Newmarket Road, but becomes Maid's Causeway eventually. (Newmarket Road continues the other side of the Elizabeth Way roundabout, but that leads away from the city centre). Quite soon, on the right, is a road called Kingsley Walk. This artwork starts on the corner of Newmarket Road and Kingsley Walk.

The Barnwell Sentence is by Lucy Skaer, dated 2014. It is made of Atlantic lava and Belgium fossil stone, glass bronze and brass. It is described here. This says "the history and heritage of this site: prehistoric archaeology (here a life-sized whale skeleton similar to that lovingly serving the entrance to Cambridge's Museum of Zoology), Strawberry Fair on neighbouring Midsummer Common, and a blazer and the crest of Brunswick Junior School" and "imprints made from a domestic chair".

Carry on walking down Kingsley Walk and you will see more of the "sentence" set in the pavement. I'm not sure if it's actually supposed to say anything! There are punctuation marks, but they may be random.

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A bit further, look along a path to your right, and you will see a chair (as opposed to the 2D images). Turn down this path to look at it, but also notice the blocks set into the pavement. These are "carp fish from the monks ponds of the 11th century Barnwell Prior nearby, swimming in the paving, frozen in time as bronze sculptures set in clear resin and glass" (description taken from here). Apparently you're allowed to sit on the chair.

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Playful Seating, Kingsley Walk, off Newmarket Road (near Maid's Causeway)

Walk down Kingsley Walk (see above) into a new developement. Carry on walking in a straight line (the road turns into a path) and you will find the aptly named Playful Seating, by James Hopkins, dated 2014. The two chairs are distorted, but their reflections in the central mirror look OK. The second photo shows the back, and how the artwork in set in a set of concentric circles. The artwork is described here, where it says "Solid cast bronze benches designed through catoptric anamorphosis are placed around a mirror finished stainless steel cylinder. The mirror transforms the distorted benches into the perfect image of two domestic / school chairs. The surrounding amphitheatre completes the artwork as a playful space for residents and visitors that references the sites history as a school since the 19th century.".

Please note that this is a gated community. You can get to this artwork along public road and pathway, but other entrances to the development are not accessible. So follow my instructions, and not the map (which seems to show other footpaths reach it - they don't).

Playful Seating Playful Seating


Elizabeth Way roundabout murals

There is a subway under the roundabout between Elizabeth Way, Newmarket Road and East Road. The tunnels under the roads used to suffer a lot from graffiti, so now there are murals to discourage this. They were created a community project in about 2000 and are attributed to John Wilcox. They are coated with special varnish to make graffiti easier to remove.

These murals illustrate where the tunnels lead.

Elizabeth Way roundabout murals

This tunnel leads to the Victorian terrace house area built after the railway came to Cambridge. I live there myself, and I don't think it looks quite as boring as this!

Another tunnel leads to the Elizabth Way bridge over the river and Midsummer Common. Sometimes there are cows grazing on Midsummer Common, but you would need to walk past the weir to see punts. See River Walk 2.

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Another tunnel leads to the river flowing out of town. See River Walk 1. This goes through Stourbridge Common, which in mediaeval times used to have Stourbridge Fair, the largest fair in Europe. The stalls used to be arranged by produce, and roads bordering the common are still called Mercer Row, Garlic Row and Oyster Row.

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The tunnel leading to the city centre has a history of Cambridge. It starts with the Romans, then the Danes. The middle section has medieval and Stuarts (who seem fascinated by their computers!) The horse may be Godolphin, one of the foundation sires of the English Thoroughbred, buried at Wandlebury. We also see Cambridge's strong interest in science, leading to the present day with children hard at work on their experiments. A strand of DNA winds along the bottom, mirroring the Roman mosaic pattern at the start.

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I'm Laughing at Clouds

I'm Laughing at Clouds, Young Street, off East Road

There are several streets of terrace housing to the east of East Road. The section near the Crown Court has been redeveloped as part of Anglia Ruskin and this is part of it. Off Young Street, you can see a small square (possibly with students sitting there), with these (I'm guessing) lamp posts. They are described as made of steel, aluminium, acrylic, LEDs, dated 2015. The title is I'm Laughing at Clouds, by Michael Pinsky. It is described here, where it says "I'm Laughing at Clouds is an ensemble of nine tactile lighting columns. By touching sensors embedded in the sculpture, the passer-by can create a composition of light and sound. The lampposts are programmed to respond to the human touch recording the frequency of a person's pulse. This data is represented through the illumination of the columns and by samples of sung heartbeats recorded from children in the neighbouring Brunswick Nursery School."

This all sounds very exciting, but it is on private land, and the gates are shut when the students are not there. When they are, they may be sitting in the square and I don't know if they'd like people wandering in making lights and noises happen. So I don't know if it works. You can see it from the public road, even when the gates are shut.


Let Us Be All We Can Be

Let Us Be All We Can Be, Newmarket Road

This panel says "Let Us Be All We Can Be". It is by Mark Titchner, dated 2016. His website is here.


Beehive honeycomb

Beehive honeycomb, Beehive centre, Coldham's Lane

I don't know anything about this sculpture. It's in the carpark of the Beehive shopping centre. Click here for more on the Beehive Centre. I had always assumed that these were nuts. But it is in the Beehive Centre, so I presume that it's supposed to be honeycomb instead. This shopping centre used to contain a Co-op, which closed down and was replaced by Asda. The beehive is a Co-op symbol, so that is how the centre got the name.

Searching on the internet, I found a council document. It has a table with an entry for what sounds like this sculpture:
Planning Reference/ Officer: C/99/1051/FP
Development/Developer (Agent): Beehive Centre, Coldhams Lane Retail development BL Universal (CGMs Ltd)
Type of art contribution (i.e. Section 106 agreement or through planning condition): Introduction of public art onto the Land including the safeguarding and reinstatement of the existing beehive sculpture to be prepared and implemented by the Owner to a maximum cost of £25,000
Status of planning application: Decision notice issued 30.08.01
Progress to December 2004: Development completed 4.10.01. Still awaiting details of Public Art scheme. Public Art plan should have been submitted within 12 months of completion. Officers have written to applicants requesting this plan. Council to respond on Plan and Owner to implement Plan within 12 months of receiving the Council's response.


Arch sculpture, Beehive Centre, Coldham's Lane

Also in the Beehive Centre, by its entrance to Coldham's Lane. There is an account on the web here by Katayoun Pasban Dowlatshahi which describes its commission, but not its name. "In 2005 I was offered a commission for the Beehive Centre in Cambridge by Kate Sweeney of Perspective: Art in Architecture, on behalf of British Land Company PLC. In response to the brief, I used the award winning Multi York building, adjacent to the entrance, as a point of reference. I was particularly inspired by the architectural illusion of suspension and tension in the building. I worked through a series of concept sketches and proposed a circular structure made of glass and corten steel, patinated to emulate copper."

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S-form

S form, Cromwell Road, off Coldham's Lane

This is by Andrew Tanser, dated 2006/7. The artist's website is here, where he calls it "S" form.


Spike bench

Spike bench, Cambridge Retail Park, Newmarket Road

I don't know who did this, or when, or what its title is. It is a bench, and it looks like a spike, so that's what I've called it. It's in Cambridge Retail Park, which was built in three phases between 2000 and 2007, so I've arbritraily dated it to 2000.


"Swift Code" swift tower, Logan's Meadow, over Riverside bridge

There is a foot and cycle bridge, down river from the Elizabeth Way bridge, called Riverside bridge. One side is built up, the other is a nature reserve called Logan's Meadow. You can get to Logan's Meadow from St Andrews Road, if you wish. In Logan's Meadow is this artwork. "Swift Code is its title, and "swift tower" is its function. It is by Andrew Merritt, who describes it here. I think it was installed in 2011. "The sculpture aims to provide a home for up to 150 swifts." It seems to work, I've seen s swift fly out of it. The last photo shows the black back to the "pixulated sun".

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South


Fitzwilliam Museum

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street

The Fitzwilliam Museum has a large collection of European art (upstairs), antiquities (downstairs) and exhibitions. It is free, but check opening times (tends to be closed on Mondays). For more on the Fitzwilliam Museum, including a link to its website for opening hours, click here. By the way, when crossing to road, watch out for Hobson's conduit!

There is art to be seen outside even when the museum is closed. The front is lavishly decorated, and there are four fine lions, two either side of the entrance area. They were built in 1839 by William Grinsell Nicholl and are said, at the stroke of midnight, to come to life, walk down from their plinths, and drink from the guttering in the street, before returning to the museum. There is more on this here.

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Darwin Window, and gate, Fitzwilliam Street

This window and gate are at the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies in Fitzwilliam Street. The window is a quotation from The Origin of Species: "How do those groups of species … arise? All these … follow from the struggle for life. Owing to this struggle, variations, however slight and from whatever cause proceeding, if they be in any degree profitable to the individuals of a species, in their infinitely complex relations to other organic beings and to their physical conditions of life, will tend to the preservation of such individuals, and will generally be inherited by the offspring. The offspring, also, will thus have a better chance of surviving, for, of the many individuals of any species which are periodically born, but a small number can survive. I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term natural selection … We have seen that man by selection can certainly produce great results, and can adapt organic beings to his own uses, through the accumulation of slight but useful variations, given to him by the hand of Nature. But Natural Selection, we shall hereafter see, is a power incessantly ready for action, and is as immeasurably superior to man’s feeble efforts, as the works of Nature are to those of Art." The gate looks like it is inspired by an evolutionary tree diagram.

Darwin Window Darwin Window

Statue outside Department of Engineering

Construction in Aluminium, Trumpington Street

This sculpture is at the entrance to the Department of Engineering in Trumpington Street, a bit further along than the Fitzwilliam Museum.

A plaque on it says "Construction in Aluminium 1967 by Kenneth Martin (1905-1984)". It was built with the help of the Engineering Department's workshops. It represents the formula for a helical screw propeller.

Its title is not well-known. It tends to be called "that sculpture outside the Engineering Department".


Dieter Rams Quote

Flow, Fen Causeway

This sculpture is by Simon Tegala, dated 2018, and is described here. This says: "Over the course of three years Tegala has engaged with researchers, lecturers and students at Cambridge University Engineering Department, as well as engaging with engineers, industrialists and humanitarians, exploring engineering in the wider world. Flow is a sculpture located outside of The James Dyson Building. The sculpture contains an electronic screen which will present a text in a number of parts. The text will unfold over a long period of time. The steel sculpture is inspired by the beat pattern of a bees' wing. It contains elements of a turbine blade, it might also be reminiscent of a knapped flint tool. The text is a reflection of Tegala's journey through the world of engineering, since working on the commission:

  • "When you want to know how things really work, study them when they're coming apart." - William Gibson
  • "Question everything" - Euripides
  • "We really should consider very carefully whether we constantly need new things." - Dieter Rams
  • The moment you invent something, you cannot uninvent it.
  • "If I had asked what people wanted, they would have said faster horses." - Henry Ford
  • The word engineer comes from the word ingenuity, ingenuity means inventiveness.
  • Canon's philosophy of Kyosei is living and working together

Hobson's conduit head, corner of Lensfield Road and Trumpington Road

Hobson's conduit head, corner of Lensfield Road and Trumpington Road

Hobson's conduit is a water channel taking water into Cambridge. From 1614 to 1856 this conduit head stood in Market Hill where it served as a fountain. It was moved here in 1967.

See more about Hobson's conduit and Thomas Hobson here.


Chemistry Faculty bas-relief, Lensfield Road

Chemistry Faculty bas-relief, Lensfield Road

This bas-relief in stone is on the front of the Cambridge University Chemistry Faculty building on Lensfield Road. It is by Mary Spencer Watson, dated 1958. The symbols were used in early chemistry: from left to right: talc, iron, white lead, sub-acetate of copper, precipitation. The coat of arms is Cambridge University.


Neurodegenerative diseases, Union Road

Neurodegenerative diseases, Union Road

This facade of the Chemistry of Health building is by Jacob van der Beugel was specially commissioned to create the facade of the Chemistry of Health building. It is a 10-meter long, 2.5-metre high series of 240 highly detailed, handmade, concrete aggregate panels that depict the progression of neurodegenerative illness.

The first three of the four rows of concrete panels depict healthy brain tissue and the changes resulting from degenerative diseases and ageing. In the final row self-healing concrete was used as a metaphor for the potential of Alzheimer's therapies being researched in the Chemistry of Health building. Different colour gradations and stones illustrate neuron degradation and the increase of protein deposits. All panels were all handmade by van der Beugel, using ceramic aggregates. Henk Jonkers of the Technology University of Delft provided self-healing concrete capsules, without which the artwork would not have been possible.

See website.

The note on the artwork relates to the COVID-19 lockdown. It is not part of the artwork.


Crystalline design, Union Road

Round the back of the Chemistry Faculty there is Union Road. This artwork is on the front of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre. It is called Crystalline design, dated 1992, and the architect was Eric Sorenson. There is, perhaps, a slight problem, in that it is made of glass, a famously non-crystalline material. The close-up shows that the arrangement isn't particularly regular, either.

Crystalline design, Union Road Crystalline design, Union Road


Youth, outside Scott Polar Museum

Youth, outside Scott Polar Museum

This bronze statue is in front of the museum. It is called Youth, by Lady Kathleen Scott, dated 1920. It seems a most inappropriate statue for a polar museum!

Click here for the Scott Polar Museum, all about the Arctic and Antarctic.

The Antarctic Monument, outside Scott Polar Museum

Behind "Youth" there is the Antarctic Monument, "to the people who lost their lives in Antarctica in pursuit of science, to benefit it all". It is made of oak, by Oliver Barrratt, dated 2011. This is part of a double work, partly described on the plaque, and also here.

Antarctic Monument, outside Scott Polar Museum Antarctic Monument, outside Scott Polar Museum

British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog Monument, outside Scott Polar Museum

Also in frnt of the museum is this monument to British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dogs. The sculptor is David Cemmick. It was unveiled in 2009 at the British Antarctic Survey, and resited in 2015 here. There is more here.

British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog Monument, outside Scott Polar Museum British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog Monument, outside Scott Polar Museum

Inukshuk, outside Scott Polar Museum

Inukshuk, outside Scott Polar Museum

This charming statue is outside the Scott Polar Museum, round the side.

It is 'Inukshuk', which means 'Cairn in the shape of a man'. It was built by Inuits to guide caribou. It comes from Baffin Island, Canada.

Head of Robert Falcon Scott, over Scott Polar Museum

Over the entrance of the Scott Polar Museum is this head of Scott, by Lady Kathleen Scott. It says "AD 1934, Scott Polar Research Institute". On either side, above the windows, there is a penguin and chick, and a bear.

Kathleen Scott, Baroness Kennet, FRBS (1878-1947) was a British sculptor. She was the wife of Antarctic explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, known as Scott of the Antarctic.

Head of Robert Falcon Scott, over Scott Polar Museum Head of Robert Falcon Scott, over Scott Polar Museum Head of Robert Falcon Scott, over Scott Polar Museum

There are other items to be seen round the Scott Polar Museum, plus, of course, much more inside (when it's open).


Roman Catholic Church, corner of Lensfield Road and Hills Road

This church was built 1887-1890 by the Cambridge firm of Rattee and Kett. The correct name of the church is Our Lady and the English Martyrs. Click here for more on the church, including its history. The church is covered with gargoyles and carvings of animals and monsters.

Roman Catholic Church

Gargoyles Gargoyles Gargoyles Gargoyles Gargoyles Gargoyles Gargoyles


Parkers Piece tiles, Regent Terrace, Parkers Piece

Regent Terrace faces onto Parkers Piece. Hobbs House is a modern development from 2014. The intricate tiled artwork around the main entrance was commissioned from the East Anglian 'archaeological' artist Sarah Sabin. The bespoke ceramic tiles were inspired by the history of Parker's Piece and Hobson's conduit, which runs under the building.

There are two tiles with maps of Regent Terrace and one with map of Parker's Piece.
Top Left. The lime trees along Parkside.
Centre. Edward Parker, a Trinity College cook who had leased the land from the college in 1587. In 1613 the college exchanged it with the town of Cambridge for Garrett Hostel Green, the future site of the Wren Library.
Bottom left Football. The football rules adopted by Cambridge students playing here became the basis for the 1863 FA Rules (see Cambridge Rules).
Bottom centre Menu. In 1838 a feast for 15,000 guests was held on Parker's Piece to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria.

Parkers Piece tiles
Parkers Piece tiles
Edward Parker, a Trinity College cook who had leased the land from the college in 1587. In 1613 the college exchanged it with the town of Cambridge for Garrett Hostel Green, the future site of the Wren Library.
Parkers Piece tiles
In 1838 a feast for 15,000 guests was held on Parker's Piece to celebrate the coronation of Queen Victoria.
Parkers Piece tiles
The menu
Parkers Piece tiles
The people of Cambridge traditionally skipped on Parkers Piece on Good Friday
Parkers Piece tiles
Football rules composed by Cambridge students formed the basis of the future national rules for football (see Cambridge Rules)
Parkers Piece tiles
Sheep (not sure why!)
Parkers Piece tiles
Map of Parkers Piece
Parkers Piece tiles
Map showing tramway
Parkers Piece tiles
Map of Regent Terrace
Parkers Piece tiles
Parkers Piece tiles
Parkers Piece tiles
Parkers Piece tiles
Is this the toilets nearby? That building is an octagon not a hexagon.

Dog mural

Dog mural

This is on Hills Road, corner of Cambridge Place. It appeared in 2017. I have no idea who made it, who put it there, or why.


The Don

This sculpture has been moved from near Hills Road bridge. It is now further down Hills Road, opposite Highsett.

Here is a story in the Varsity:

A statue entitled 'The Don' by Uruguayan sculptor Pablo Atchugarry has become a mystery after Atchugarry denied producing the work. The 13 foot-high statue, initially planned for an office development on Hills Road, is worth £150,000, but Cambridge City Council's public art officer has described it as "possibly the poorest quality work" that has ever been submitted to them. Speaking to Cambridge News, Atchugarry denied being the "author" of the sculpture, and has called the accusation that it is his work "an abuse". Atchugarry also added that he is "really astonished, worried and disappointed" that his work is being misrepresented in this way.
Unex, the development company which supposedly commissioned Atchugarry to produce the statue for the site, stand by their claim that the statue is his work. A spokesperson for the chairman of Unex and well-known patron of the arts, Bill Gredley, explained the origin of the statue: "Pablo Atchugarry sculpted a model having spent a day in Cambridge researching academic clothing. He designed a model in marble and thereafter we had the model enlarged and cast by Bronze Age Sculpture Casting Foundry."

There is a plaque in front, saying "HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. I don't know whether they have decided that it is a statue of Prince Philip or not.

At the moment (2024) it is threatened with removal as it has not had planning permission.

Don Don Don


Bear and cub

Bear and cub

This is on Hills Road, corner of Norwich Street. It appeared in 2022, outside Strutt and Parker estate agents. I have no idea who made it, who put it there, or why.


Cambridge War Memorial

The main Cambridge war memorial is in Hills Road, at the end of Station Road. This was made by Canadian sculptor Robert Tait McKenzie, and is known as as "The Homecoming" or sometimes "Coming Home". It was unveiled in 1922. It is a Grade II listed building.

The young soldier is marching towards the city centre, back home from the war. But he is looking up Station Road towards the railway station, thinking of his dead friends that he left behind on the battle field. On the other side, you can see the old county coat of arms, supported by Great Bustards.

This memorial used to be in the centre of the road. Hills Road is very busy, and they wanted to improve the junction, so decided to move the memorial to the side of the road. This would also make it easier for Remembrance Day ceremonies. The most important point was that the memorial had to be positioned so the soldier would still be looking up Station Road!

Cambridge war memorial


Kett's Oak

The big building on the corner of Hills Road and Station Road is Kett's House. On the side of it is this sandstone bas-relief. It is called Kett's Oak, dated 1962-63 and is by Willi Soukop.

Kett's Oak


Ridgeons Centenary Park, with bench

There are several art works around CB1, the railway redevelopement at the station.

The park that commemorates Ridgeons' centenary in 2011 is close to the site of the company's original office. It is in Tenison Road, close to Station Road. The artworks include a sculptural oak seat and a carved roundel featuring a quotation by the founder Cyril Ridgeon. It is by Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley, with letter carving by Tom Perkins. It was comminsioned by Ridgeons, a well-known Cambridge firm.

The central roundel says "Ridgeons timber and builders merchants began business 50 feet from this site close to the railway sidings. A family business since 1911."

Ridgeons bench

Ridgeons bench

Ridgeons bench


Reflective Editor

This is on the corner of Tenison Road and Station Road. It is dated 2011, and is described in the webpage about CB1 art here, where it says "This sculpture is one of a series of geometrical works entitled Reflective Editor by Doug Allsop. It forms a gateway to Station Square with a highly polished surface that reflects the architecture and movement surrounding it." The righthand photo shows it mostly reflecting the local punt touts (people selling trips on a punt) who seem to be using it as an office.

I have only just noticed a companion piece on the other side of the road (photo on right). That photo shows the original piece as well, other side of road, although a little hard to see. I don't know when this second piece arrived.

Reflective Editor Reflective Editor Reflective Editor


Tree of Knowledge

This is closer to the station, on Station Road. It seems to have several names: the Tree of Knowledge, or the Tree of Life. It is by Jyll Bradley, 2017, who calls it Span.

The website of Jyll Bradley is here

Tree of Knowledge


Cambridge Station cycle park

Cambridge takes bikes seriously! The bike park at Cambridge Railway Station was opened in 2016. It is a multi-story park (the bikes have to be wheeled up ramps). The outside is decorated with what seems like circles, but look carefully, and you will see that two of the circles are bike wheels.

Cambridge Station bike park


Continental Drift

This is inside a building, but I think it would be visible most of the time. It is round the back of the station cycle park, but inside a back entrance which I suspect most people don't know about. Start at the station, walk towards the carpark, and find a staircase straight ahead. It is marked as an entrance to the cycle park.

The plaque nearby says "Continental Drift, Troika 2016, Aluminium, steel, LEDs and motor, Commissioned by Brookgate, CB1 estate". It is supposed to be a two-dimensional world map projected onto the ceiling by a faceted, rotating globe, but the globe wasn't rotating when I was there. It is described in the webpage about CB1 art here.

Continental Drift Continental Drift

Ariadne Wrapped

Ariadne Wrapped installed in 2022. Artist Gavin Turk explains: "She is this classical figure who gives Theseus the golden thread so he can kill the Minotaur; a surrealist mental image. Here she is reclining like in a classical painting, and wrapped; a blurred vision of an archetypal sculpture."

Ariadne Wrapped Ariadne Wrapped Ariadne Wrapped

In the photos below, it's being used as a rail union picket line.

Ariadne Wrapped Ariadne Wrapped

See Plaques for the coat of arms on the station.

Bee memorial: This is outside the station, towards the bus stops. The plaque says that it is in memory of Amanda Battini.


Ceres

This statue is inside CB1. It is called Ceres, and is by William Bloye. It was commissioned as Demeter 1961-62.

It is close to the old Spillers Mill building, which is also part of CB1 (despite nearly being burnt down at one point!) Spillers was a flour company, and Ceres (or Demeter) was the goddess of wheat and growing things.

Ceres

There are a couple of pieces of industrial archaeology in this area. The first (on the left) is close to Ceres. The other (right) is half way along Great Northern Road (off Tenison Road) in a little park. They are not really art...

Crane base Crane base info Turntable Pivot Turntable Pivot


Translucent Drawing

This is a bit tricky to find. It is a set of glass rectangles attached to the side of a building on the non-railway side of the station bus stops. The first photo shows the building - you can just see the bits of glass if you look at the larger version (remember - click on a photo for the large version). The second photo shows a close-up. It is called Translucent Drawing, by Antoni Malinowski, dated 2012. It is described in the webpage about CB1 art here. The plaque nearby says "Traqnsluscent Drawing comprises 2,500 glass elements embedded into the facade of the building which respond to changing light conditions creating a dialogue between architecture and the envioronment." OK - if you say so!

Translucent Drawing Translucent Drawing Translucent Drawing Translucent Drawing


Wander

How many of the people catching a bus at the railway station bother to look down at the pavement? If they did, they would see some silvery disks with black lines on, embedded into the pavement. Look harder, and you will see each disk shows a face.

Wander is by Dryden Goodwin, 2014. It is a series of 100 etched portraits of people the artist encountered as he travelled around Cambridge. Here are a few of them! They are both sides of the line of bus stops south of the railway station. The map shows red dots in their approximate location, but not exactly where each one is. This is described in the webpage about CB1 art here.

Wander

Wander

Wander

Wander

Wander

Wander


There are a number of sculptures on, or near Hills Road bridge. Here is a map of their locations.

Sculptures near Hills Road bridge

Chauvinist Chauvinist

Chauvinist

This large sculpture is on the junction of Hills Road and Brookland Avenue, in front of a building called City House. This is a very busy junction which has to deal with buses coming from the railway station as well. So this is rather a landmark.

A plaque by it says that it is by Helaine Blumenfeld, and is called Chauvinist. It was commissioned by Gredley Property Developments in 1990.

Helaine Blumenfeld's website is here. Flame, on Herschell Road, is by the same artist.

Acrobats

These acrobats are on top of the building behind Chauvist. I'd assumed that it was by Bushra Fakhoury (see below), but it isn't on his website. I think it is by Stella Shawzin (see below).

Acrobats Acrobats

Danse Gwenedour

This sculpture is on the other side of City House, on the same side of the road. The sculptor is Bushra Fakhoury, and the title is Danse-Gwenedour. The artist's website says "It depicts 'Celebration of Life'. "Danse Gwenedour" was inspired by the dance performed by French villagers in Bretagne (Danse Gwenedour Du Pays Pourlet, Guemene Bretagne)." It was created in 2017.

Dance Dance Dance

More Acrobats

These acrobats are nearer ground level! They are opn the opposite side of the road to the Danse Gwenedour. I'm afraid that I know nothing about them.

Acrobats Acrobats

Dunamis

This sculpture is further up Hills Road bridge, on the same side of the road. The sculptor is Bushra Fakhoury, and the title is Dunamis. It was first unvieled on Park Lane in 2013. The artist's website says 'The Impossible is possible. [This work] symbolizes human struggle to achieve excellence, pushing boundaries to make the impossible possible. We need to prioritise, work positively, and relentlessly towards reaching our goals, and dreams.' Another commentory by the artist says 'Holding the elephant in a high position gives homage to the traits that we share and gradually forget, such as family ties, solidarity, compassion and cooperation. The 'pointy hat' represents the knowledge through the ages. We may not have the extraordinary memory of the elephant, but we need to remember to support the survival of the endangered species.'

Elephant Elephant Elephant


Milton Road


The Fellows House hotel is on the coner of Milton Road and Gilbert Road. In front of the entrance are two metal pillars with letters on. Look closely and you can see certain words appear, reading from one panel to another. For example, at one point it says "Time changes everything except something within us which is always surprised by change Thomas Hardy". When I put photos on the Facebook page "Odd Things Around Cambridge", one comment said "Honouring Alan Turing’s memory, these are etched with mysterious text formatted like the Enigma code but this time hiding famous quotes from Cambridge fellows for visitors to decipher at their leisure."

Arbury - Seed Arbury - Seed Arbury - Seed


Arbury - North Cambridge


"The words of Veronica Forrest-Thomson": This mural is by French/Tunisian artist eL Seed, 2018, in Arbury Court, North Cambridge. He painted this mural, in his style of 'calligraffiti'. The Arabic text is a translation of the words of poet Veronica Forrest Thomson, "Follow the reader, and his writer..." Veronica Forrest-Thomson (1947-1975) did her PhD at Girton College Cambridge.

In recent years, eL Seed has used the vehicle of street art to promote peace, unity and greater social tolerance in communities riven by inequality such as the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and the slums of Capetown. eL Seed realises his dramatic and colourful murals in a style he calls "calligraffiti", which is a blend of the ancient art form of calligraphy with stylistic elements derived from graffiti. His bold murals typically feature quotations from inspirational texts rendered in Arabic script, as a central motivation of eL Seed's artistic practice is challenging preconceptions of Arabic culture.

Arbury - Seed


North-east edge of Cambridge


Cambridge North

A new Cambridge railway station was opened in 2017, called Cambridge North. Its frontage is an interesting black and white pattern. This is a mathematical pattern called Wolfram Rule 135, described here. The pattern covers the footbridge as well, and the last photo shows the view from inside!

The design consultancy responisble for the building are Atkins Group, and their description of the building is here.

Cambridge North Cambridge North Cambridge North Cambridge North

There is a sculpture outside the station - Hercules meets Galatea by Matthew Derbyshire.

Hercules meets Galatea Hercules meets Galatea Hercules meets Galatea Hercules meets Galatea Hercules meets Galatea

This is too far from the centre of Cambridge to be shown on the map at the top of this page, so here is a map all to itself.

Cambridge North railway station map


Newmarket Road, by Leper chapel


Mural, Newmarket Road underpass

The Chisholm Trail is a cycle and pedestrian route from Cambridge rail station to Cambridge North rail station, partly on existing roads and paths, and partly new build. One of the new bits is the underpass underneath Newmarket Road, by the railway bridge and the Leper Chapel. This underpass is decorated with murals. The artwork is based on a poem written by Michael Rosen, the children's writer and poet, "As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair: Newton, Apple Pie, Prisms or Prisons?". You can listen to this poem here. The artwork was created by Paper Rhino (ethical, creative workers co-op), working with History works, Cambridge Past, Present & Future and a number of local community groups.

As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair As I Was Going To Stourbridge Fair

This is too far from the centre of Cambridge to be shown on the map at the top of this page, so here is a map all to itself.

Newmarket Road underpass map


On edge of Cambridge, to the south


DNA path, Addenbrookes hospital to Shelford

I like footpaths - click here for Lanes and Passages in Cambridge. This cycle path is too far from the city centre to be included there. But it could be considered an artwork, so it's here instead!

To get to the start of it, start at Addenbrookes bus stops. Walk through to the road between the buses and the hospital, and walk round the hospital, ending up on the south side. By the MRIS unit, there is a signpost of a foot and cycle path to Shelford. Follow this path away from the hospital southwards, then follow it round to the right, towards the railway, then finally beside the railway. The start of the DNA path is obvious, with a sculpture of a DNA molecule - see below, left. The path stretches out in front of you, with strange stripes on it. It says "10,000 miles national cycle network", "10,257 stripes Human Genome BRCA2" and "Start".

Start of DNA path, Addenbrookes hospital to Shelford

DNA path, Addenbrookes hospital to Shelford

Notice about DNA path, Addenbrookes hospital to Shelford

There is a notice near-by which explains more. Click on the photo for a larger version. Part is given below.

The path was built by Cambridgeshire County Council in partnership with Sustrans, to link Addenbrookes Hospital with Great Shelford. Stripes have been laid over one mile of the route with each individual stripe representing one mile of the National Cycle Network, as it was in September 2005.

The stripes also represent the "bases" of a vital human gene called BRCA2, which was decoded at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton. As you cycle or walk on this path, you are effectively travelling a portion of your own genome. To traverse the whole genome at this scale would take a path going 15 times round the earth. The human genome is made up of around 3,000,000,000 bases in all. There are four types of bases, called Adenine (green), Cytosine (blue), Guanine (yellow) and Thymine (red). BRCA2 is the gene that produces a protein which helps in the repair of hiuman DNA which is subject to wear and tear in daily life.

The double helix is an artistic representation of the double helix structure of DNA. The human genome is wound into a double helix structure, and a copy lies within each human cell. Here the double helix has been enlarged approximately 750,000,000 times.

This is too far from the centre of Cambridge to be shown on the map at the top of this page, so here is a map all to itself.

DNA path near Addenbrookes



Index by artist


ASlate Work East and SouthHeather Ackroyd (with Dan Harvey)2016
Reflective EditorDoug Allsop2011
TalosMichael Ayrton1950
BAntarctic MonumentOliver Barrratt2011
CeresWilliam Bloye1961-62
ChauvinistHelaine Blumenfeld1990
FlameHelaine Blumenfeld2004
HommageHelaine Blumenfeld2022
Tree of KnowledgeJyll Bradley2017
Doors of GuildhallLawrence Bradshaw1933
River SevernRichard Bray (with Issam Kourbaj)2011
CTriangulumJohn Sidney Carter2016
British Antarctic Survey Sledge Dog MonumentDavid Cemmick2009
TimekeeperJo Chapman2022
DHercules meets GalateaMatthew Derbyshire2021
Mother and childSophie Dickens2008
Arch (not official name)Katayoun Pasban Dowlatshahi 2005
FCambridge CoreMichael Fairfax2001
Flower TrailMichael Fairfax2001
Danse-GwenedourBushra Fakhoury2017
DunamisBushra Fakhoury2013
War and PeaceMegan Fitzoliver2018
Spinola gargoylePeter Fluck and Roger Law1989
GCambridge RulesNeville Gable (with Alan Ward)2018
CrocodileEric Gill1933
WanderDryden Goodwin2014
HelixChristophe Gordon-Brown2011
Earthbound: PlantAntony Gormley2002
DAZE IVAntony Gormley2014
Displaced MihiLyonel Grant2020
Ex LibrisHarry Gray2009
Romsey RHarry Gray (with Will Hill)2018
Fitzwilliam Museum lionsWilliam Grinsell1839
HThe NowNigel Hall1999
Bigger BiteNigel Hall2010
Southern ShadeNigel Hall2012
Slate Work East and SouthDan Harvey (with Heather Ackroyd)2016
Romsey RWill Hill (with Harry Gray)2018
Playful SeatingJames Hopkins2014
JSedgwick Museum artThomas Graham Jackson (architect)1904
DNA Double HelixCharles Jencks2005
DiverEsther Joseph1990
Kmute melodiesChristine Kettaneh2013
SpanPhillip King1967
Adam and EveKate Klinck2007
River SevernIssam Kourbaj (with Richard Bray)2011
LSpinola gargoylePeter Fluck and Roger Law1989
Moonstone, Arrows and ObeliskPeter Logan1990's
MTranslucent DrawingAntoni Malinowski2012
Construction in AlumiumKenneth Martin1967
3D mapsVernon McElroy2002
War MemorialRobert Tait McKenzie1922
Human sundialVernon McElroy (concept)2014
Swift CodeAndrew Merritt2011
SwimmersJohn W. Mills (design by Betty Rea)1966
ORed FringeClaire Oboussier (with Vong Phaophanit) 2013
PAs I Was Going To Stourbridge FairPaper Rhino (with others)2022
Ridgeons Centenary ParkJim Partridge (with Liz Walmsley)2011
Steam Power (lever)Tom Pearman2022
Pye Stools (knobs)Tom Pearman2022
Pye Radio SwitchesTom Pearman2022
Ridgeons Centenary ParkTom Perkins (letter carving)2011
Red FringeVong Phaophanit (with Claire Oboussier) 2013
I'm Laughing at CloudsMichael Pinsky2015
RBetween the LinesPeter Randall-Page2007
Roman Catholic churchRattee and Kett (builders)1890
SwimmersBetty Rea (design)1966
Isaac Newton InstituteJohn Robinson1991-95
Two Elements uniting to form a ContractColin Rose2005
SParkers Piece tilesSarah Sabin2014
Mechanical WhaleMatthew Lane Sanderson2018
YouthLady Kathleen Scott1920
Head of Robert Falcon ScottLady Kathleen Scott1934
The words of Veronica Forrest-ThomsoneL Seed2018
AcrobatsStella Shawzin?
Reclining womanStella Shawzin?
The Barnwell SentenceLucy Skaer2014
Crystalline designEric Sorenson1992
Kett's OakWilli Soukop1962-63
TS formAndrew Tanser2006/7
Corpus ChronophageJohn C Taylor2008
Diet Rams quoteSimon Tegala2018
Let Us Be All We Can BeMark Titchner2016
Continental DriftTroika2016
Ariadne WrappedGavin Turk2022
WCambridge RulesAlan Ward (with Neville Gable)2018
Ridgeons Centenary ParkLiz Walmsley (with Jim Partridge)2011
Chemistry Faculty bas-reliefMary Spencer Watson1958
Snowy FarrGary Webb2012
Subway muralsJohn Wilcox (ascribed)~2000
YBird StonesGordon Young2014

Organisations
Cambridge NorthAtkins Group2017
Diana Rose GardenCambridge City Council1999
CamLETS muralCamLETS2000
Petersfield muralDitchburn Day Centre2002
Rocks near Museum of Classical ArchaeologyFaculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies2010
DNA pathSustrans2005
RoundCambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts2016
LionsLion Yard1999
Allan Brigham broomMill Road History Society and Mackays2023
Metal pillars with lettersFellows House hotel2021

Unknown
Saxon carving, St Benets?early 11C
College gates?Tudor
Grotesque carvings?16C
Hobson's conduit head?1614
Tibbs Row art??
Co-op symbols?1899
Compass??
Beehive honeycomb??
Spike bench??
Carving in Petty Cury??
Sierpinski Tree?2015
Cycle park?2016
Face in Wood??
Bee memorial??2021
Bear and cub?2022
More acrobats?2023
Hobson's conduit?2023
Darwin Window??
Dog mural??
Hot Numbers??
Bike rings??
Geldart murals??
Sycamore Seeds??


Index by date


The dates are when the artwork was made, if known, or the installation date, or any date I could find! This is an index to the rest of the page, so click on a picture to jump to the description (where you click on the picture to get a bigger version).

Unknown

Early 11C

Tudor

16C

1614

1839

19c

1890

1899

1904

1913

1920

1922

1933

1934

1950

1958

1961-62

1962-63

1966

1967

1989

1990

1991-95

1992

1996

1999

2000

2001

2002

2004

2005

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2020

2021

2022

2023

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Useful websites

I have used the following websites in making this page.

Cambridge Sculpture Trails
Public art by Cambridge City Council
Public art commissions
Art in Cambridge blog
Art in CB1 near the main railway station