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Canal Builders
Canal Builders
Canal Builders
Canal Builders
Canal Builders
Canal Builders
Canal Builders
Canal Builders

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A shiny narrowboat, steered by a figure at its rear, carries an array of tools including picks, shovels and a saw, which indicate the construciton of the canal. The sculpture is elevated high over the canal lock, atop a wave-shaped panel. It was designed to highlight the close relationship between the waterways and the boating community. This sculpture replaced 'Gauging the Ripple (Water)' by Thompson Dagnall, which was removed in 2008.

Canal Builders




steel & stainless steel


H 300 x W 370 x D 40 cm (E);
Plinth: H 45 x W 183 x D 183 cm

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by the Canal & River Trust and the Ribble Link Trust

Work type

Sign or marker


Canal & River Trust


Canal & River Trust

Work status


Unveiling date

28th June 2014


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Located at

Ribble Link Canal, near Tom Benson Way, Preston


Lock 1 of the Ribble Link waterway which connects the Lancaster Canal to the national waterways network.