Weymouth Sculpture Trail

Seek out six artworks recently installed around Weymouth and discover the historic harbour, secret pier and amazing wildlife of the backwater nature reserve.

Between Beach and Backwater

The Weymouth Sculpture Trail links six specially commissioned artworks and invites you to explore and discover different parts of Weymouth, some well known and others less often seen. Inspired by the town’s maritime history and its waterside environment, these thought-provoking works celebrate Weymouth's rich heritage and highlight some of the challenges of a future by the sea. Made with traditional materials or using modern media, from Portland stone and natural oak to digital augmented reality, there is plenty to inspire and to enjoy.

Each artwork in some way reflects the stories connected to their location. Many of them are useful too, offering somewhere to sit down for a while and chat, or just to look around you. Follow the trail to discover new places and stories that tell Weymouth’s long and fascinating story.

The theme of water runs through each of the artworks, which are never far from a water bottle refill unit. These units were recently installed around the town by Wessex Water to discourage the use of single use plastics. 

Location: Various locations across Weymouth, Dorset. You can see a map below for details. 

Open days/times: The artworks are outdoors in public places with no restrictions on viewing.

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THE SCULPTURES

Two people looking at the Levels sculpture on Weymouth seafront

ARTWORK: The Levels
ARTIST: Raphael Daden

Overlooking the beach on the widest point of the promenade, The Levels takes the shape of a porthole window looking out to sea.

 

 

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A close up of the sculpture Reef Dwellers by Ben Russell

ARTWORK: Reef Dwellers
ARTIST: Ben Russell

It might come as a surprise to find that there are coral reefs off the coast of Weymouth, but while they might not be as large or spectacular as Australia’s Great Coral Reef, they belong to one of the most biologically diverse and economically valuable ecosystems on earth.

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Constant Bearing sculpture part of Weymouth Sculpture Trail

ARTWORK: Constant Bearing
ARTISTS: Denman+Gould

Right at the heart of Weymouth in Bond Street Square, midway between the beach and the Backwater, Constant Bearing takes its cue from Weymouth’s maritime connections.

 

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People looking at the artwork Duel

ARTWORK: Duel
ARTIST: Alex Evans

Bobbing around in the middle of Hope Square, five barrel-shaped pieces of Portland stone, guarded by two duelling crabs, offer passers-by a place to sit and rest.

 

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Time and Tide a sculptural bench made from a single huge slab of oak

ARTWORK: Time and Tide
ARTIST: Nigel Ross 

Looking out across the harbour, where the Stone Pier projects from the Nothe, Time and Tide is a sculptural bench made from a single huge slab of oak.

 

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A group enjoying the Sculpture Apparition by Steve Geliot

ARTWORK: Apparition
ARTIST: Steve Geliot

On the brink of the Radipole Lake, below the smooth concrete lid of the Swannery road bridge, Apparition is a contemporary artwork that exists in both physical and digital form.

 

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Weymouth Sculpture Trail launch events

Accessible Weymouth! May 27

Accessible Weymouth!

A tour of some of the Weymouth Sculpture Trail, specifically for anyone who uses a mobility aid such as a scooter or wheelchair. In this tour, we will explore the barriers for disabled people in...

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