Sea Music Celebrations

13 - 15 May 2017

Poole Borough Museum Service is pleased to be working with partners, and funders the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, to conserve and celebrate the internationally important ‘Sea Music’ sculpture. This modern art work was designed and given to the people of Poole by Sir Anthony Caro in 1991 and is the sculptor’s only site-specific, monumental sculpture in the public realm.

‘Sea Music’ has been positioned on Poole Quay as a focal point and meeting place for the last 25 years. Designed to evoke the sound and appearance of the cascading sea through interlocking rings and curves, with central vertical planes recalling the masts and sails of the ships, ‘Sea Music’ is an early example of Caro’s ‘sculpitecture’.

In time for the Poole Maritime Festival, the conserved and repainted sculpture will be unveiled on Saturday 13 May 2017 by Lord Palumbo, who originally launched the sculpture in 1991. A specially commissioned ‘fanfare for Caro’ will officially herald the relaunch, which has been written by contemporary composer Jim Aitchison

In addition, a number of special events have been organised to mark this auspicious occasion including:

  • An exhibition of Anthony Caro’s ‘Concerto Series’ will be opened in Poole Museum. This series of works have never been exhibited in full before.
  • ‘100 views of Sea Music’. An exhibition in Poole Museum of David Ward’s photographs taken before, during and after the conservation of ‘Sea Music.’
  • Caro’s ‘Slow March’ sculpture will also be sited outside on the museum’s terrace.
  • A book dedicated to ‘Sea Music’ will be published by Ridinghouse with a previously unpublished text by Anthony Caro and new texts by Alastair Sooke, Stephen Feeke and Jim Aitchison.
  • An exhibition of Sheila Girling’s paintings in The Lighthouse, Poole. Caro’s wife, Girling advised him on the colour of Sea Music and other important works by him.

To find out more please visit the Poole Museum website:

SEA MUSIC IMAGE, credit David Ward and Poole Museum

Saturday, 13 May 2017 to Sunday, 15 October 2017
Location: Poole Quay & Poole Museum