Chelmsford City Council

Public art

Public art is any original and unique work by an artist in a public place. Good public art is site specific. It should relate to the context of a particular location and can help to define a public space.Public art is any original and unique work by an artist in a public place. Good public art is site specific. It should relate to the context of a particular location and can help to define a public space.

We enthusiastically welcome public art, as a great way to celebrate the city. We have secured a number of works through commissions as part of development schemes. We encourage developers to dedicate around one percent of their budget to a public art commission.

In new development schemes, public art can: 

  • give public enjoyment
  • strengthen local and cultural identity
  • express a link between private activity and community
  • add prestige to a development
  • lead to interpretative and educational activity
  • provide employment for artists

It may be big or small, mobile or static, integral to a building or freestanding, fine art or functional. It may take the form of sculpture, glass, craft, built furniture, an event or festival.

You can view our advice for developers if you are looking to commission public art.

List of public art in Chelmsford

TitleLocationArtistDatePhoto
Baddow Road Historic TradesBaddow Road at junction with Can Bridge WayJane Addison Words formed out of metal to describe local historic trades
Bugs Sculpture in LagoonGreat Leighs lagoon, A131 BypassNicola BurrellCommissioned 2003Sculpture of large orange bugs climbing on green stems
Celestial FixArmy and Navy site, Walkway adjacent to Travel Lodge entrance, ParkwayIrene RoganInstalled December 2008Pink celestial body floating in space
Chelmsford EchoesOaklands ParkTom Grimsey and Bella D'ArcyUnveiled 2004Steel sculpture in a woodland setting
Chelmsford WhispersBus Station, Duke StreetMartin DonlinUnveiled 2007Bus concourse screen with small square pictures
Chess PiecesBeaulieu ParkDennis HeathInstalled 2002Sculpted knight chess piece in a public park
ConeFormer Estric Sports Ground Site, Galleywood Road, Great BaddowColin RoseInstalled 2008Large black cone with steel tip in residential area
e2v 60-Year Commemoration Sculpturee2v Frontage, Waterhouse LanePaula GrovesInstalled 2007Steel sculpture with a globe in the middle
Elements GardenBoleyn Park - Elements Garden, Beaulieu Park developmentPeter HarringtonInstalled 2005Steel globe sculpture on a plinth in a public park
Flight of BirdsArlington Square, South Woodham FerrersNicola BurrellInstalled 2002Two women unveiling a sculpture of a bird on a plinth

Mandatory field

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