Posted 29 April 2019 by Andrew Gardner
Sussex has a great tradition of public art. Sit beside Rudyard Kipling, run alongside Steve Ovett, stand at St Richard's feet or discuss whodunnit with Arthur Conan Doyle – why not try our bespoke Sussex sculpture trail?
1 This year a new, lifesize sculpture of the author Rudyard Kipling was unveiled in Burwash near his former home, Batemans (which it's said he fell in love with at first sight). Created by local artist Victoria Atkinson, he's sitting on a bench on the High Street so you can pause for thought next to him. Do check out the artist's website too, where she details the intriguing process of creating this charming bronze.
2 Everyone's favourite Brighton beach holiday photo includes Afloat, by Hamish Black – aka the Doughnut. Apart from a being great landmark it frames the sea view and is highly evocative for anyone who's ever enjoyed hot doughnuts under the arches!
3 Peter Webster's life-size bronze of athlete Steve Ovett on Madeira Drive, Brighton has a poignant backstory. Unveiled in 1987, it was stolen 20 years later and only fragments were found. The statue you see now was created in 2012; shockingly, we hear that one public sculpture in the UK is lost every week.
4 Visit Chichester Cathedral and you're sure to spot the larger-than-lifesize St Richard, the first Bishop of Chichester and patron saint of Sussex, by Sussex sculptor Philip Jackson. This majestic, elegant bronze was unveiled in 2000 to celebrate the Millennium.
5 Spot the Eric Gill sundial in a Ditchling churchyard.
6 David Nash's monumental Eighteen Thousand Tides stands on the shore at Eastbourne.
7 Join the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Hotham Park, Bognor – there's a giant oak and cedar table complete with playing cards, clocks and eight mushroom seats by Arundel sculptor Simon Groves, and it's designed to be used, not just to look at.
8 & 9 For something more rustic, on a South Downs walk you could meet the Newtimber Giant at Pyecombe or discover the Saddlescomb Spiral – both created as part of a community project in conjunction with the National Trust.
10 In the charming town of Crowborough, near the Ashdown Forest, there's a statue of former resident Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by David Cornell. We're not giving you directions – finding it is elementary!