Public Art in Mole Valley
Public Art refers to art that is commissioned for a particular site that is accessible by the public. It has a wide definition and can include sculptures, statues, street furniture, lighting schemes, sound art, windows, flooring, murals and more.
Public Art can have both a practical and decorative function. It is usually a permanent installation but it can also be temporary. Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) recognises the important role that public art plays in terms of creating a better environment and sense of place for our residents and visitors.
The Dorking Cockerel
In 2007 'The Dorking Cockerel' a 10ft tall metal sculpture was erected on Deepdene roundabout at the town's eastern approach, the idea of Councillor Neil Maltby during his year as Chairman of the Council.
The Dorking Cockerel was commissioned from the Fire & Iron Gallery in Leatherhead and modelled after the 'Dorking' breed, distinguished by its unique five toes.
The giant cockerel has stood welcoming all those who come to Dorking and will be a recognisable landmark to residents and visitors for a long time.
King George V Underpass
This piece of public art is in the underpass that links Goodwyns Road and the King George V Playing Fields in Dorking. The art work was inspired by the surrounding area and created by the community, produced by artist Becci Kenning of Art in Transit and installed by Community Clean. The underpass design was created using a digital wrap system and was installed in April - May 2013.
This was an improvement project which was led by a steering committee made up of representatives from the Links Community Partnership with MVDC acting as the leader partner.
The Cycle Race Sculpture
The Cycle Race Sculpture, situated on the A4 on the Denbies/Friends Life roundabout was created to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic Cycling Road Races which sped past it in July 2012. Councillor Caroline Salmon, Council Chairman in 2012, began leading a steering group to create a legacy statue when she was Vice-Chairman. The work made from laser cut sheets of steel, worked and galvanized and set in a rendered brick base was designed and produced by Heather Burrell.
South Street Gardens, Dorking
MVDC worked with a project steering group to improve the Butter Hill end of South Street Gardens. Forging Matters designed, produced and installed seating for the gardens that is both robust and appropriate to both the character and the use of the space. Installation took place in Spring 2012.
King George V Memorial Gardens, North Leatherhead, 2008
MVDC assisted by a project steering group, commissioned Guildford based blacksmiths Utopia Forge to design, produce and install two iron entrance arches and decorative handrails for the King George V Memorial Gardens in North Leatherhead.
Arts Installation on the facade of the Leatherhead Institute
The Arts Installation on the facade of the Institute at the top of Leatherhead High Street was created in 2012 by young people of the Leatherhead Youth Project and the Fire and Iron Gallery to mark: the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the Olympic Road Cycle Races through Leatherhead and 120 years of the Leatherhead Institute.
The project was sponsored by The Leatherhead Community Association, Leatherhead Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Leatherhead Institute Trustees and Surrey County Council.
During the end of October until mid November, MVDC in partnership with the Parish Councils and Royal British Legion, place large street poppies all around the district to commemorate World War I.
Victoria Cross Commemorative Stone
All local authorities in the UK are involved in the programme to commemorate all Victoria Cross recipients of the First World War who were born in the UK with a commemorative paving stone in the town of their birth. On Saturday 7 October 2018, MVDC commemorated the Leatherhead born Lieutenant Harold Auten in Park Gardens. Harold Auten received his Victoria Cross on 30 July 2018 for his act of bravery whilst in command of Q ship HMS Stock Force.
The Pippbrook Mural, was one of the first graffiti boards created in Dorking. The work was created by Nightways. This art work has now been placed in the building site of Meadowbank Football Ground along with other pieces of graffiti art work from local artists.