Public art

Public Art can range from sculptures to lighting schemes, street furniture such as benches to temporary pieces of art such as performances or visual arts projects. Public art is any artwork not confined to a traditional gallery space and freely accessible to the public.

Artwalk - The Staines Public Art Trail

Artwalk, The Staines Public Art Trail details public art, both new and old in the Staines-upon-Thames town centre with a suggested route for viewing these. A pdf icon leaflet [4Mb] is available to download which gives a route and information for viewing the public art in Staines-upon-Thames along with some interactive activities for all the family to enjoy. If you would like a hard copy of the leaflet please contact Leisure Services

Public art for Pound Mill

We commissioned an established artist, John Atkin, to design and construct a sculpture, for display on Wraysbury Road, Staines-upon-Thames. Its location, next to the Wraysbury River, presents an ideal place for a stunning sculpture.

History of Pound Mill

In the past, the land has formed part of a parish pound, a mustard mill and Staines West railway station. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the mill was used for milling mustard and was one of the main industries and employers in the town. The mill closed in the early 1900s and remained disused until it was bought by the Linoleum Manufacturing Company and demolished.

The old Staines West railway station was built next to the mill in 1885. The mill-owners' house was bought by the train company and refurbished as the main train station building but it closed in 1965 and the platforms were demolished soon after. The platforms and tracks have since been replaced with a residential area.

The main station building is still intact and has been converted to an office, which now overlooks the landscaped open space. To the rear of the office, a display platform with cast iron supports marks the original use of the building.