Park Artworks

Burgess Park is home to an increasing number of artworks – mainly sculptural – which can be spotted when walking around. Many of them commemorate events, people or places, whilst others are ‘art for art’s sake’!

The map below shows the location and some details on each of them. Hover over the points on the map (or touch the point on a mobile) to view a popup of the artworks. Numbers refer to more details below. Some markers have links to pages on this site with further information – click the image to check.

1Burgess park over 200 yearsThree mosaic windows in a wall which was part of a former building, representing the area in 1800, 1900 and 2000Park-facing wall, west side of First Place Nursery 2000
2Birds of Burgess Park LakeRelief sculpture in cast bronze representing local birdlife, created with students of Cobourg Primary School Overlooking eastern side of the lake.c.1999
3Marking PlacesThree markers in different materials including etched and pierced metals and cast resin, indicating the sites of important buildings, market gardens and industries that used to exist within the Burgess Park areaVarious points in the eastern park2017
4Bridge to Nowhere ProjectRelief sculptures in wood and resin representing the varied import and export businesses of the Grand Surrey Canal.
Contributions from twenty young artists, Pauline Smith, Carol Dalton, Michael Faraday School and Southwark Play Service assisted by Art in the Park
Wall of Wells Way underpass2014
5Silent RaidBy Sally Hogarth. Ten cast resin model houses in different sizes and groups, as a memorial to the 1917 Zeppelin bomb7 locations in eastern park2018
6Bust of Keib ThomasCommemorating the life and work of the community activist who died in 2007. Bust paid for with public subscription, produced in Kolkota, IndiaMediterranean Garden, Chumleigh Gardensc.2010
7World Garden gatesOrnate sculpted gates by Heather Burrell,
made in consultation with local community groups. Depicts a map of the world surrounded by plants from different countries, and the Camberwell Beauty butterfly
Entrance to community allotment from World Garden2000/3
8Zeppelin MemorialReplacing the lost plaque from Calmington Rd, this commemorates 22 people killed in total in CamberwellGarden in front of Chumleigh Almshouses2015/16
9St George’s War MemorialBronze figure of Christ by Arild Rosenkrantz. Unveiled 1920Wells Way front of old St George’s Church1919
10Entrance map gatesGates depicting original road and canal layout of the park area. Part of the 2012 reconstructionCamberwell Rd (W) and Old Kent Rd (E) entrances2012
11Globe gatepostsSteel spheres, originally top decoration from GLC gateposts at Rust Square entrance to park. Re-sited 2017Rust Square Childrens’ playgroundc.1980
12Butterfly muralLarge tile mural by Royal Doulton of Lambeth relocated from Samuel Jones factory in 1982South-facing wall of Library, Baths and Washhouses (OLBAW)c.1920
13Childrens’ Library muralsFairy-tale/Alice in Wonderland scenes on interior walls by Guy Miller (viewing by appointment)Basement of Wells Way Library (OLBAW)1927
14ConstellationAssemblage of 5 or 6 carved stones, by Hamish Horsley installed in around 2005/6Addington