There are some great cafe's, pubs and restaurants
by the river in Putney; why not make the time to
explore the trail and visit them at the same time!
The Putney Sculpture Trail has nine sculptures,
and each has a map on its base showing the
location of the others. It extends for about a mile.
Either start at one end and work your way along
or simply do the bits you fancy when you have
Leaders Gardens, next to the river, is a park at
the Western end of Putney with a cafe and kids
play area near to ‘Exodus’ which marks the start
of the trail from this direction.
Walk along the river past the rowing clubs and
you reach the pubs and bars around Putney Pier,
to see ‘Horizontal Ambiguity’ and ‘Load’.
The Turning Point, at the corner of the High
Street and Putney Bridge Road will lead you
through to the delights of Putney Wharf and its
riverside restaurants and bars, including
A cosmopolitan riverside setting in
which to relax and take in the atmosphere.
Walk along Deodar Road through Wandsworth
Park (one of Londons few listed parks) to view
‘Nexus’ and ‘Pygmalion’, near to Culture Cafe,
before going into Riverside Quarter to see the
final sculpture ‘Fall’ with more great riverside
places to relax.
The Putney Sculpture Trail features a total of
nine near life-sized figurative sculptures and is
believed to be unique in London. It was
installed in the summer of 2008, but began life
much earlier. Some 20 years before, nationally
recognised sculptor Alan Thornhill donated the
sculpture ‘Load’ to the people of Putney and
this was installed close to Putney Bridge. In the
winter of 2005 Thornhill approached the Putney
Partnership with the offer of further sculptures.
The Partnership developed the idea of a
sculpture trail with the sculptor. Successful
funding applications were made to Western
Riverside Environmental Fund and
Wandsworth Council to enable the trail to be
implemented, with help from local landowners,
funding bodies, various council departments
and specialist contractors. The result of these
efforts provides a lasting legacy for the people
of Putney. All those involved in the project hope
that residents, workers and visitors to Putney
enjoy the wide variety of works which comprise
The Putney Sculpture Trail.
The sculptor asks you to view the sculptures with an open and enquiring mind, without
preconceptions of either form or meaning.