|Champions Wharf Sculpture Park||Richmond|
Champions Wharf Sculpture Park is a small walled sculpture court previously called Wharf Garden, consisting of a largely paved terrace with balustrade overlooking the river, with raised beds planted with heathers and shrubs. The abstract sculptures are works by Guy Rushworth-Harden and Mike Jensen based at Eel Pie Island Boatyard. The site is maintained as part of York House Gardens to which there is access via a gate in the wall to the west of the sculpture court. Adjacent to the sculpture court is Champions Wharf Play Beach, with play features including a Viking Boat, a Wherry or Victorian Water Taxi and archaeological dig with items from Twickenham Museum.
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Champions Wharf Sculpture Park, July 2010. Photo: S Williams
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Following the success of providing a temporary play beach here in 2011 and 2012, Richmond Council constructed the permanent Play Beach at Champions Wharf, which opened in August 2013. It provides a historical and educational space as well as being a space for play, with references to the human and natural history of the area, including Mesolithic, Neolothic and Bronze Age ﬁnds, and examples of earlier means of river transport in the form of the Viking boat and Victorian Wherry, the latter used for river transport up until the 1860s. Seating has been installed, summer shade provided and the balustrades modiﬁed for safety, in order to provide a secure space for children to play. There are plans to redesign the layout of the rest of Champions Wharf, with a proposal by Poet in the City to create a contemporary version of Alexander Pope's Urn inscribed with contemporary poetry and framed by 4 Amelanchier trees, together with new paving and seating, and planting of parasol plane trees and a perennial meadow. Consultation on the scheme closes April 2015.