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Dr Salter's Daydream, Bermondsey, London

Philip Bews Diane Gorvin
Sculpture for public sites


Dr. Salter's Daydream

Thames Wall, Bermondsey Wall East, London.
Commissioned by London Docklands
New version commissioned by Southwark Council and the campaign group.

On the 30th November 2014 the new Dr Salter's Daydream was unveiled, this time a sculpture of his wife Ada was included. In November 2011 the first Dr Salter sculpture was stolen - probably for its scrap value. Local people campaigned and fund raised to replace the work and add the sculpture of Ada. Southwark Council match funded the money raised.

Dr. Salter now sits on a granite bench looking towards his daughter, Joyce, who leans against the embankment wall. Further down a cat sits on the wall, whilst Ada walks with her spade in hand from the planting beds, towards her daughter. The idea was to show Dr. Salter in old age remembering  his young daughter when she was still alive. Ada is represented with a spade as she was so instrumental in tree and planting schemes for Bermondsey. Her left hand is designed to hold real flowers. It was important to celebrate the work of this couple who dedicated their lives to helping the local community. Click here to learn more about these remarkable people.
Dr Salter's Daydream was first unveiled in 1991, the sculpture was repatinated and re-located in 2003 from the Cherry Garden Pier to a nearby site by the Angel pub. So the work has had three unveilings! Castle Fine Arts Foundry cast the new sculptures and installed all the work with Damon Bramley - Sculpture Transport and Installation. Sue Wright, Anna Palmer, Dave Morris and Herbert Gorvin posed for the sculptures. Thanks to Robert Lordan for the use of the photograph of Ada and Joyce.

© Diane Gorvin Philip Bews 2013