There is something about public statues and sculptures that inspires people to add clothes and other accessories to them. Some decoration is whimsical and funny, whilst others are making a statement or are an act of remembrance.


Our volunteer team captured images of thousands of public sculptures as part of the Art UK Sculpture project. Many had been decorated when they arrived with their cameras, but rather than remove the decoration, they photographed them as they looked on that day.


Here are a few example of public sculptures with additional decoration which can be seen on Art UK.

14 artworks
Sir Henry Doulton (1820–1897)
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Michael Kentish / Art UK

Sir Henry Doulton (1820–1897) 1986

Colin Melbourne (1928–2009)

Bronze

H 600 x W 300 x D 300 cm

Equestrian Monument to the Duke of Wellington
Image credit: Gordon Baird / Art UK

Equestrian Monument to the Duke of Wellington 1840–1844

Carlo Marochetti (1805–1867) and Soyer and De Braux and James Smith (1808–1863)

Bronze & Peterhead granite

H 360 cm

Queen Victoria (1819–1901)
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Martin Henderson / Art UK

Queen Victoria (1819–1901)

Charles John Allen (1862–1956) and Frederick Moore Simpson (1855–1928) and A. B. Burton (active 1874–1939) and W. Thornton and Sons

Portland stone, bronze, lead & gold mosaic

H 1830 x W 2740 x D 2740 cm

Billy Fury (1940–1983)
© the artist. Image credit: Merseyside Maritime Museum

Billy Fury (1940–1983) 2003

Tom Murphy (b.1949)

Bronze

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Ciaran Elizabeth Doran / Art UK

Monument to the Unknown Woman Worker

Louise Walsh (b.1963)

Bronze

Snooks
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Tracy Jenkins / Art UK

Snooks 1961

Gwynneth Holt (1909–1995)

Bronze & stone

H 45 x W 20 x D 40 cm

Resolution
© courtesy of the artist and Jay Jopling / White Cube. Image credit: Alfred Yeung / Art UK

Resolution 2005

Antony Gormley (b.1950)

Steel

An Gof
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Bruce Hobbs / Art UK

An Gof 1997

Terence Coventry (1938–2017)

Bronze

H 244 cm

Annie Kenney (1879–1953)
© the copyright holder. Image credit: John James Davies / Art UK

Annie Kenney (1879–1953) 2018

Denise Dutton

Bronze

Man Walking a Dog
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Robert Lavers / Art UK

Man Walking a Dog 2019

David Gosling

Wire & metal

H 160 x W 200 cm

Sappho
Image credit: Simon Maddison / Art UK

Sappho 2011

Thomas Nelson MacLean (1845–1894) (copy of)

Bronze

The Hugglescote Bear
© the artist. Image credit: Brian Vollar / Art UK

The Hugglescote Bear 2008

Thomas Kenrick (b.1982)

Bath limestone

H 200 cm

Joe Darby Obelisk
© the artist. Image credit: Rose Akeroyd / Art UK

Joe Darby Obelisk

Steve Field (b.1954)

Galvanised steel

H 65 cm

Wall Sculpture
© the copyright holder. Image credit: Robert H Taylor / Art UK

Wall Sculpture 2000

unknown artist

Metal & stone

H 134 x W 40 x D 10 cm