Portishead Public Art Path

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Approx. Time:

1 hour


3.5 miles

A 3 1/2 mile loop starting at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre Car Park, Harbour Road, following level on-road and off-road paths.

The route tracks part of Portishead’s original public art trail, taking in 20 stunning sculptures around Port Marina. The sculptures were created collaboratively between artists and the community and have been integral to the development of the marina. As you follow the route you will see the town’s history and heritage reflected in this remarkable art.

Download the trail booklet to keep track of all the artwork on your cycle ride. Keep an eye out for:

  • Your first stop – Flying by Lucy Glendinning – which reflects the feel of scale and freedom of being by the sea.
  • Rick Kirby’s, Arc, which you’ll see in The Common as you head away from the marina along Phoenix Way. Later in the route, keep a look out for his work Arc of Angels in Central Park.
  • Energy Artwork by Mark Merer, an imposing stainless steel sculpture which you’ll see as cross over the marina lock.
  • Towards The Sky by Ann Christopher on Lower Burlington Road. This was the first piece of art installed on the site in 2011 and reflects the quayside, boatyard and industrial nature of the original site.
  • Your last stop – the gates to Portishead Primary School – which were created by Matthew Fedden to reflect the vibrancy that the school has brought to the marina.

If you’d like to find out more about the public art before your cycle ride, see www.publicartportishead.co.uk