Putney Sculpture Trail Sculptor Dies

Alan Thornhill's donations had enabled permanent public art display


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Alan Thornhill passed away at home on 4 March aged 98. He was a donor to the permanent culture of the SW15 area.

If you stroll along the riverside from Leaders Gardens to the Riverside Quarter you may noticed one if not all nine sculptures dotted along the way. These bronze pieces were all donated by Alan Thornhill to Wandsworth Council to form the permanent 'Putney Sculpture Trail' which opened in 2008.


Alan Thornhill donated the sculpture ‘Load’ to the people of Putney and this was installed close to Putney Bridge. In the winter of 2005 he approached the Putney Partnership with the offer of further sculptures.

Council leader Ravi Govindia said, "Alan Thornhill's creative genius has provided a long lasting legacy for the people of Putney. His contribution to cultural life in the borough cannot be overestimated. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude".

Alan is survived by his three children, Anna and Teresa and Philip. His daughter has made a moving documentary about his work which can be watched here.

April 2, 2020

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