Sea Music by Anthony Caro is the only site specific, public sculpture in the UK by one of Britain's greatest sculptors. It was commissioned at the invitation of then Borough architect Tom Roberts, and given by Caro to the people of Poole; 'Sea Music' was made by Dorset businesses donating time, materials and expertise and involved no public money at all.
'Sea Music', situated on Poole Quay, is now twenty-five years old; it was unveiled by Lord Palumbo (former Chairman of the Arts Council) on 22 November 1991. Exposure to the seaside environment means that the sculpture is now in urgent need of repair and this vital restoration work has begun, with the restored sculpture to be unveiled on Saturday 13 May 2017. This project will not only preserve 'Sea Music' for future generations of residents in Poole as well as the many thousands of tourists who visit and enjoy it, but will also guarantee its reputation as a major example of public sculpture of global significance by one of the most highly regarded sculptors of his generation.
The restoration project has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The HLF admired particularly the aims of the community engagement programme, which has already begun with local schools, and the fact that the restoration of 'Sea Music' is part of the overall regeneration of Poole.
Celebration of Anthony Caro's 'Sea Music': Saturday 13 May 2017
4.30 pm - Private View at Poole Museum
'Concerto Series' sculptures by Anthony Caro and
'One Hundred Views of Sea Music' photographs by David Ward
6.00 pm - Fanfare for Caro at 'Sea Music'
Speeches by Lord Palumbo and the Deputy Mayor of Poole
6.45 pm - Concert at The Guildhall
World premiere of Jim Aitchison's 'Sea of Music', performed by the new music ensemble of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kokoro
The concert is by ticket only available from the BSO and numbers are strictly limited. The event will also be live streamed.
Caro's 'Slow March' sculpture will sit outside on Poole Museum's terrace and a book dedicated to 'Sea Music' will be published by Ridinghouse. A series of talks and events will continue to take place throughout the exhibitions, which will continue until January 2018.