The Waterfront Walkway
A walkway, which has extended the coastal path through Plymouth, comprises a distinctively marked trail across 9.3 miles designed to enhance the rich social, industrial and naval history of Plymouth. This is an entertaining and engaging walk where art is used to highlight the city's history and heritage.
Artist: Gordon Young in association with Russell Coleman, Owen Cunningham, Matt Franks, Brian Fell and Saffron Waghorn. Typography by Why Not Associates
Date: 1999 to present
Location: View on our Public Art Map [desktop and tablet; requires Google sign-in]
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Commissioner: Plymouth City Council
The Plymouth Waterfront Walkway was developed by the City Council in 2002 as a unique part of the South West Coast Path National Trail. It links the Cremyll Ferry landing stage on the shores of the Tamar with Jennycliff on the eastern side of Plymouth Sound. Along the way you’ll come across larger than life characters such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Robinson Crusoe and Lawrence of Arabia. Then there’s the wall of stars, a golden scallop, a ten ton rhino and so much more. The features were created by the artists of Why Not Associates, and bring to life many of the stories that make Plymouth special.
The above information is taken from the South West Coast Path guide on their website.
And below is a feature list of all the art works featured along the walkway:
A ‘doormat’ style paving slab that reads ‘Welcome to Plymouth. Please wipe your feet’.
A wall mounted, bronze cast plaque, painted to resemble a knitted version of a full English breakfast.
Engraved granite slabs set into pavement to commemorate Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle’s time at No1 Durnford Street.
Reclaimed marble slab, engraved with the staples of a Navy diet sits on top of an old ship's millstone at the entrance to Royal William Yard.
Sculpture of iron ingots, stacked into a pile, painted to resemble gold.
Star plaques featuring the names of some of the Hollywood stars who embarked on cruise ships at Millbay.
Decorative paving illustrating the footprint of Smeaton’s Tower.
Decorative blue railings with an inscription of a famous Sir John Hawkins quote.
Based on a sailor's tattoo, the Plymothian Heart features a poem written by the Waterfront Writers
A marble sculpture, painted gold, carved into the shape of a giant scallop, mounted onto the wall of the barbican as a sign of pilgrimage.
Marble statue of the Virgin Mary, wall mounted on the Barbican with her own shrine.
A small figurehead of the ‘Green Man’ that sits atop an old gaslight on Breakwater Hill.
A sea creature fabricated in metal sheet, on tall conical base, overlooking the Barbican.
A freestanding stone sculpture of a Rhino.
A series of poems carved into stone and mounted on the wall along Billacombe Road.
A freestanding, replica propeller referencing Mount Batten's history with the RAF.