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The Navigators
The Navigators
The Navigators
The Navigators
The Navigators
The Navigators
The Navigators
The Navigators

© the artist. Photo credit: Andy Smith / Art UK

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The Navigators' takes the form of a fantastical anthropomorphic ship. The prow is a prognathic male head with set back eyes, a long proboscis-like nose, fleshy lips, the upper covered in fish scales, the lower projecting dramatically. On each side of the hull are a paddlewheel and three oars whose blades are pierced with holes. Two masts shoot up at steep diagonal angles and support two forward-projecting harpoons. Before the masts is a cluster of ship’s chimneystacks. On the poop deck, two heads wearing admiral hats that metamorphose into umbrellas at the back represent perhaps the navigators themselves. The navigators are equipped with a combined telescope and sextant and an armillary sphere. The rear of the poop deck rises up finlike and turns finally into a horn.




bronze, welded steel, found objects, motors, pumps & polished granite

Accession number


Acquisition method

commissioned by St Martin’s Property Corporation

Work type

Water fountain, trough or pump


Hay’s Galleria


Hay’s Galleria

Work status


Unveiling date

31st July 1987


time restrictions apply

Access note

piazza opening times

Inscription description

on brass plaques on the upper surface of the basin rim, left and right (west and east): THE NAVIGATORS / DAVID KEMP / 1987; front (north): ALL PROCEEDS COLLECTED / FROM THIS WATER FEATURE / DONATED TO CHARITY


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Located at

Tooley Street, Bermondsey


Located at Hay’s Galleria, in the centre of the glass-roofed piazza.