by Raphael Daden
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.
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.
ARTWORK: Constant Bearing
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hotels, guest houses and B&Bs with a warm welcome await you.
Fresh local seafood, award winning fish & chips and flavours for all tastes.
Castles, forts, theatre, cinema and Sea Life Adventure Park and much more.
Enjoy a stroll around Weymouth's Harbour or the golden sands of the beach?