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Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob
Street Cat Bob

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A commemorative set of two oak park benches set either side of a Scottish granite block bench, with at one end a bronze statue of Bob the cat sitting atop a pile of books, and to his side an open volume. Bob wears a scarf around his neck. The granite bench is inscribed. The tribute is based on the memoirs of author James Bowen.

Bob was the feline companion of James, a recovering drug addict who for many years was a busker in the area. He wrote about his experiences in the 2012 book 'A Street Cat Named Bob', which was subsequently made into a successful film.

The work is situated on Islington Green, opposite the Waterstones bookshop where James wrote the book. Bob was sculpted by Mid Wales-based artist Tanya Russell.

Street Cat Bob




bronze, granite & oak

Accession number


Work type



Islington Council

Work status


Unveiling date

15th July 2021


at all times

Inscription description

granite bench inscription: He is my companion, my best friend / my teacher and my soulmate / And he will remain all of those things always; QR Code plaque: For more information about / Street Cat Bob / & Author James Bowen / Tribute Sculpture by Artist Tanya Russell; wood bench 1: Everybody Deserves a Second Chance; wood bench 2: Stronger Together – James and Bob Bowen


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Located at

Islington Green, Islington

N1 2XA

Located on Islington Green, as part of a seating area.