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Gatehouse Square, Southwark Gatehouse Square, Southwark

Sculpture: Gatehouse Square, Southwark

Erection date: 12/11/1987


{On the plaque attached to the back of the plinth:}
This plaque was unveiled on 12th November 1987 by the Mayor Councillor Mrs Dorothy Winters to commemorate the social housing and nearby workshops which provide job opportunities for local people. These developments have been the result of the commitment of the local community, the Greater London Council and the London Borough of Southwark.

{On a nearby matching plaque:}
The Gatehouse Square development was designed by the Greater London Council for Southwark Council and constructed with funds provided by the Sea Containers Group. The pavement mosaics which decorate this square were designed and made by pupils from the following schools: Aylwin School, Snowsfields Primary School, St. James’ CofE Primary School, St. joseph’s RC Primary School, George Row, Tower Bridge Primary School.  The bronze figure "Great oaks from little acorns grow" was sculptured by Brian Yale.


The sculpture is titled "Great Oaks from Little Acorns".  From PMSA:"... holding her hands over an acorn which rests on the top of the wall. On her left, appearing to erupt from an amorphous mass at the rear of the wall, are various bottle-shapes and others that may be intended to represent small machine parts. The narrow top of the wall has a channel running along its entire length (The Thames?)"

Site: Gatehouse Square, Southwark (1 memorial)

SE1, Gatehouse Square, parking area to the south

This is a strange and, to our mind, not very successful piece of public art. It's stuck away in a parking area and the subject depicted is not clear. It was cold and the light was fading so maybe we just did not spend enough time to appreciate it.

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Gatehouse Square, Southwark

Social housing and nearby workshops designed by the Greater London Council fo...

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Greater London Council

Replaced the LCC. The GLC was abolished, some say, because Mrs Thatcher could...

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Southwark Council

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Gatehouse Square, Southwark

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Councillor Mrs Dorothy Winters

Mayor of Southwark in 1987.

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Brian Yale

Sculptor.  We can't find evidence that this Brian Yale is the sculptor who di...

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