The Crown, Governor and Race


Rivermead Islands, next to Anglia Ruskin University


Matthew Lane Sanderson


The sculpture is made of mild steel with deliberately-aged patina.

The site-specific work references the subjects of law, architecture, nursing and engineering studied by students living nearby. It also references ten-pin bowling a social activity on the site.

The central ball-bearing race references the local history of ball-bearing manufacture. The whole sculpture might appear as a large bearing itself within which a series of interdependent, man-made and natural systems interact. The ‘veins’ resemble the branches of a tree relating to the weeping willow trees nearby.

The artist was commissioned by the developer Mike Kirkham.


Installed July 2023

Large spherical metal sculpture

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