Sea Music, Poole’s remarkable and sometimes controversial 35 ft. sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro, is now 25 years old so it seems a suitable time to take stock. With the help of money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Sea Music Project has been set up to assess, renovate and celebrate the work. One question is how the metal sculpture has fared physically after 25 years of salty winds and sea spray. Can the base and upper platforms of the sculpture be improved along the lines that Sir Anthony himself proposed? What has Sea Music meant to local people over the years and how best can Poole’s association with the work be celebrated? You can find out more about these and other questions at the talk by Melinda McCheyne, the Project Manager (Wednesday 18th January 7.30pm at Poole Museum).
Also not to be missed is the exhibition on Sea Music at the Museum (Floors 1 and 2) which is running until 22nd January. The Floor 2 gallery deals with how the sculpture was made, the involvement of local people, its physical condition and plans for the future. There is also a filmed discussion featuring arts journalist, Alastair Sooke about the creation and significance of the work, revealing, among other details, how Caro was making small changes even as the sculpture was being erected on the Quay. In the Floor 1 gallery is a lively display of works created by fine art, photography and costume students from Bournemouth and Poole College, taking Sea Music as their inspiration.
Poole is lucky to boast a work by such a distinguished artist and one which was designed specifically for the site. Having reached its quarter century, has Sea Music earned its place on the Quay and in the history of the town?