Art in Headington

Sculpture at Old Road Campus (2017)

Old Road campus sculpture

The landmark sculpture entitled “Origin” by Julian Wild, shown during course of erection on Saturday 18 March 2017 outside the Li Ka Shing Centre for Health, Information, and Discovery. It forms a large bridge over the grassed area between the Big Data Institute (BDI) and the research building of the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM), and is intended to celebrate the innovation that takes place at the BDI and Target Discovery Institute Buildings. It was funded by the Hong Kong philanthropist Li Ka Shing.

It comprises two rectangular bars emerging from the ground that meet in the middle where they are pixilated into a network of rectangular blocks. It is 5m high, 12m long, and 2.2m wide, and is constructed of steel and stainless steel, mostly painted red.

Aslan outside Bury Knowle House (2017)


Matt Cave sculpted Aslan, the lion in C. S. Lewis's The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe from the trunk of a felled tree outside Bury Knowle House in January and February 2017. It was paid for out of £12,000 of funding from the 5p carrier-bag levy at Tesco

Mosaic at Wood Farm (2017)

Wood Farm mosaic

This mosaic adjacent to Wood Farm Bakery in Atkyns Road was unveiled on 14 March 2017. It shows the history of the area, depicting ancient oaks, circling kites, and a fox. It was created by the Workers' Educational Association in collaboration with a team of local residents thanks to a £2,485 grant from Oxford City Council

Blueberry Pie sculpture outside Maggie's Centre, off Old Road (2016)

Blueberry pie

This sculpture, entitled “Blueberry Pie à la Mode, Flying, Scale A” was produced in 1996 by the American artist Claes Oldenburg and his wife Coosje van Bruggen. It was donated by the Oldenburgs' friend Morton Sosland in memory of Coosje, who died of breast cancer in 2009. Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie's Centres UK, unveiled it on 9 November 2016 at Headington's Maggie's Centre     MAP

Rain Pavilion, Oxford Brookes University (2015)

Rain pavilion

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Sunflowers at entrance to Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (2009)


Made by apprentices at the Camelia Botnar Foundation in Sussex. The stems are 4½ metre lengths of steel, and the flowers were hand-sculpted from mild steel   MAP

Sculpture at entrance to Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (2014)

League of Friends

The plaque reds: “Presented to / The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre / by the League of Friends / to celebrate / 50 years of dedication / 1964–2014”

Horse outside Botnar Research Centre, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (2013)

Horse at the NOC

Donated by the Camelia Botnar Foundation, and designed and built by foundation artists Tim Clement and Kat Hutchison, with help from their ten metalwork apprentices

Warneford Hospital sculpture walk (2008)

Sculpture walk at the Warneford Hospital

Information here    MAP

The Dragon in Magdalen Wood, off Wood Farm


Hazel wood dragon with 150 feet tail of coppiced hazel and willow by Oxford sculptor Stuart Turner. It is formed by living hazel wood stools and will grow. Created in association with the Oxford Play Association, the Trust for Oxfordshire Environment, the University of Oxford, the Go Wild Project, and Oxford City Council. Winner of an Oxford Preservation Trust Certificate in 2015

Mosaic feature at Bonny Banks Park, Bernwood Road, Barton (2008)

Bonny Banks sculpture

This photograph shows just one of the mosaics    MAP

The Shark, New High Street (1986)

More on the Shark   MAP

Storybook Tree, Bury Knowle Park (2005)

Storybook Tree
More on the Storybook Tree    MAP

Peace circle in Bury Knowle Park (2002)

Peace circle

One of the twelve tablets created by Diana Bell with the help of school pupils.

United Sculpture on Manor Hospital (2005)

Manor sculpture

Created by Diana Bell. More information    MAP

Bronze ring at Horspath Driftway/Blackstock Close corner (2011)

Barracks sculpture

One-metre diameter bronze ring sculpted by Melissa Cole, supported by nine spokes and welded on to a steel frame at a 20 degree angle. Berkeley Homes were required to provide a public work of art as a condition of their development of the former Territorial Army site. The planning permission granted for this sculpture in 2011 (11/01410/FUL) gives more details

Cap badge

The sculpture takes the form of a wheel (referring to the Horspath Driftway location) with an impression of footprints, tyre tracks, journeys, and symbols of individuals' lives and histories from the site. It includes references to the former use of the site as a Territorial Army centre, soldiers' journeys from the Boer War to the present day, a sixteenth-century coaching inn, and previous agricultural industries.


Oxford Mail, 12 July 2011: “Councillors’ fears for £6,700 bronze”   MAP

Sandhills subway (2013)

Sandhills subway rainbow

Sandhills subway jellyfish

KIDS wall painting at the John Radcliffe Hospital

Wall painting at the JR

The KIDS wall painting at the JR (between main hospital and West Wing) was designed by Michael Craig-Martin. It was the winner of an Oxford Preservation Trust Small Projects award in 2013

Mosaic at Ruskin College

Mosaic at Ruskin College

Community mosaic, masterminded by Claire Goodhall, with help from the people of Headington & Barton, and funded by the Workers' Educational Association


Late lamented art

The Headington subway art (2002)
(lost in 2010 when the subway was filled in)

The can-can legs on the former Moulin Rouge Cinema, New High Street (c.1980)
(taken to Brighton when cinema was demolished in 1991)

Wind sculpture at John Radcliffe Hospital (1986), shown below
(removed at an unknown date)

Sails at the JR

Oxford City Council Public Art Map

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