Following two months of restoration work by Hall Conservation, Poole Harbour’s famous sculpture Sea Music was reopened to the public on Saturday 13th May 2017.
Sea Music was created by Sir Anthony Caro, one of Britain’s greatest sculptors, and was first opened to the public in 1991. Since then the site specific sculpture had suffered damage from the footfall of thousands of visitors as well as the sea air environment. Hall Conservation were delighted to restore this internationally important sculpture as well as make several changes requested by Sir Anthony before his death. The changes included painting the viewing platforms silver to distinguish them from the sculpture itself as well as adding interpretation panels (see photo) and bird deterrents to see off the unwelcome attentions of seagulls.
Sea Music was reopened to the public with a ceremony that included speeches and music including a short piece entitled Fanfare for Caro by Jim Aitchison.
The main evening event featured a major new composition again by Jim Aitchison entitled “Sea of Music” written to celebrate the sculpture and it’s relationship with Poole. The concert was the piece’s world premiere and it was performed by members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Brian Hall and other staff members were delighted to attend the day of events and see Sea Music restored and once more being enjoyed by visitors..