Erith Public Art
Public art throughout Erith illustrates the importance of the River Thames to the town's past and present.
New public art was commissioned as part of a major regeneration project in Erith. The scheme had a water theme to reflect the town's location on the River Thames which has been key to the development and growth of Erith. Artists ran a series of workshops working with over 450 members of the local community, local schools and youth groups, taking inspiration from their stories. Bexley's Local Studies and Archives Centre, The Port of London Authority and Museum of London also provided historic images and information.
Detailed below are some of the key pieces. A leaflet providing more detail on the Erith Art Trail can be found under related downloads.
De Luci Pike - Gary Drostle
The De Luci Pike is a 7.5m mosaic sculpture located in the centre of the Queen's Road roundabout. The artwork was inspired by the former Erith Urban District Council's coat of arms that incorporated three pikes, the symbol of the De Luci family who were landowners in medieval Erith. It is intended to be a vibrant local landmark that marks one of the key gateways into Erith.
Earth Core Columns - Gary Drostle and Onya McCausland
The designs featured on the Earth Core Columns include words and artwork created by children and young people, snapshots of their personal history as Erith residents and drawings of fossils and finds. The columns were inspired by the archaeology and geology of Erith, and in particular the finds discovered during the construction of Bronze Age Way.
Atrium Court Water Sculpture - Sokari Douglas Camp CBE
This hand forged glass and metal sculpture complements the modern design of the Atrium Court building. It was inspired by the River Thames and transforms when illuminated during the evening.
White Hart Thames Barge Mural - Gary Drostle
The former White Hart Pub shows a traditional Thames Barge approaching the Erith Shore at the end of the 19th Century. Barges are fondly remembered by local people as a symbol of the working river. The barge in the mural is identified as the "Chance", skippered by a local known as Robert 'The Devil' Austen.
Riverside Shopping Centre Gates - Onya McCausland
The Erith Riverside Shopping Centre gates features images taken from x-rays of items borrowed from shoppers visiting the centre. Ranging from pens and lamps to glasses and socks, the images are reproduced on blue and green colour background panels, giving them the appearance of being under water.