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Sea Music - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sea Music?

Sea Music is an 11 metre high sculpture on Poole Quay. It was made especially for Poole with the sculpture echoing the waves of the sea and the sails of the boats in the harbour. The sculpture is surrounded by viewing platforms so you can see the sculpture close up but also out across the harbour.

Why is it on Poole Quay?

Back in the early 1990s a committee called ‘The Poole Arts Council’ was created by local people and businesses and supported by Borough of Poole staff. Their aim was to use arts and culture to create a better place to live. One of their first ambitions was to commission a piece of public art to become a meeting and focal point on Poole Quay.

Watch this 4 minute video to hear how the project started 25 years ago.

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

Sea Music

Who made it?

Sir Anthony Caro was approached by The Poole Arts Council as he had links to the area through his nearby holiday home and frequent family visits.

Who paid for it?

When the sculpture was built in 1991 the artist donated his time and expertise, British Steel donated the steel and local businesses donated more materials and their time and valuable skills.

Why does it need refurbishing?

The sculpture is structurally safe but over the last 25 years the sea air has caused corrosion to the steel and parts of the galvanised steel viewing platforms. The blue paint has also faded and there are birds nesting nearby and leaving their droppings around the sculpture!

As an internationally important artwork, Poole Museum, their partners, and the Heritage Lottery wanted to ensure the sculpture looked great again, and that it will last for another 25 years.

You can find out more about the artist, his work, and why we need to repair Sea Music on our Pinterest page. Or pop in to The Sea Music Story exhibition at Poole Museum from 22nd November 2016 - 22nd January 2017 (free entry).

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