Sea Music  Anthony Caro

Edited by Stephen Feeke
Texts by Jim Aitchison, Stephen Feeke, Alistair Spoke, David Ward, 2017
£15.99  |  $29.95

26.5 × 21.5 cm  |  10 3/8 × 8 1/2 in
96 pp
ISBN: 978 1 909932 37 1

In 1991, when Anthony Caro’s Sea Music was officially launched by Lord Palumbo, completion of Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North was seven years away. Sea Music may be seen as a forerunner of this and other iconic public sculptural projects. But only thanks to the extraordinary generosity and determination of a group of committed individuals and organisations did this major site-specific work by one of the greatest sculptors of the late twentieth century find its way onto the quayside in the town of Poole. 


The fascinating story of how this happened is told here in Alastair Sooke’s illuminating essay, and recalled by Caro himself in a previously unpublished note written in 1991. The reason for publishing this book now is that, after over 25 years of standing up to Poole’s harsh maritime climate, Sea Music has been conserved and repainted and is being justly celebrated through a programme of art and heritage activities. 

 Jim Aitchison is a composer and artist and an associate lecturer at the Academy of Music and Theatre arts, Falmouth University.


Stephen Feeke is an art historian and is a Director of the New Art Centre, Roche Court Sculpture Park.


Alastair Sooke is art critic and columnist for the Daily Telegraph and contributes to a number of other magazines and journals as well as BBC television and radio.


David Ward is an artist working in a wide range of media. He co-curated “Seeing Round Corners” at Turner Contemporary, Margate in 2016