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Sea Music Sculpture

Sea Music is a unique, site-specific sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro, which was installed in Poole Quay in 1991. Sea Music was commissioned by Poole Arts Council and gifted by the sculptor to the town of Poole as a thank you for the many holidays he enjoyed in the area. The sculpture is of international importance as a work of modern art, and has a significant place in Britain's recent artistic and cultural heritage.

On the 22nd of November 2016, Sea Music turns 25 years old. To celebrate, we will be working with the local community, including businesses, schools, and other cultural institutions, to create an exciting events plan for the sculpture. This will see the skills and interests of the local community uncovered and celebrated.

After 25 years exposed to the sea air and the elements, Sea Music is in need of repairs and a full repaint in order to conserve the important art work and viewing platform for future generations. We are working with the Heritage Lottery Fund and plan these works to start in February 2017, once our funding has been secured.


Get in Touch

For more information please contact Melinda McCheyne, Project Manager 

  • Phone: 01202 262605

  • Email: M.McCheyne@poole.gov.uk 

  • Address: Sea Music, Poole Museum,
    4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

Get Involved

Send us your stories, photos, selfies #LoveSeaMusic and videos

Support Sea Music


To celebrate the 25th birthday of Sea Music, Poole Museum will be hosting a number of events to uncover the history of the sculptor and creator of Sea Music, Sir Anthony Caro. Discover his life and work and learning what this "Sculpitecture", as he called it, meant to him. You will also be able to watch short "Sea Music Stories" by the local people who helped make the sculpture.

Alongside the exhibition, Poole Museum will be presenting 'Artists in Residence' from Bournemouth and Poole College who will be making new work live in our exhibition space. Their work will explore the sculpture, stories and location as well as celebrate the work of Sit Anthony Caro. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists ideas develop and see how they interpret the Sea Music sculpture.

Get involved

We want to hear your Sea Music stories. Do you have a special memory of Sea Music? Did you help make it? Did you have your first kiss here? Have you ever stopped to look at it? Let us know! We would also like to collect the photos and videos you have taken of the sculpture to help us document is 25 year history.

To tell us your stories or send us your images, please contact Melinda at the Sea Music project. Email seamusic@poole.gov.uk or phone 01202 262605.

Why not take a Sea Music Selfie and post it on our social media to win a monthly prize! You could win a crate of Jimmy's Iced Coffee, a meal for two, a cream tea or many other prizes. Post your picture on our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #loveseamusic.

Send us your best photographic images of Sea Music, to add to "The Sea Music Story" exhibition in the museum. They will also be added to our image archive to become part of the "Sea Music" story.

Sea Music Stories

Watch Sea Music Stories on our YouTube channel to learn about the history and stories behind Sea Music and how it came to Poole Quay, and learn more about the sculptor, Anthony Caro.

Volunteering opportunities

If you would like to get involved in the project behind the scenes, we have volunteering opportunities available. Get involved in exciting creative projects and help s to celebrate this special sculpture. For further information please email seamusic@poole.gov.uk

Our volunteer programme is managed by Culture Volunteers Poole. View their latest opportunities.

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