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This is a list of public art in the London Borough of Islington.

Barnsbury

Main article: Barnsbury

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
Thornhill Road Gardens War Memorial Thornhill Road Gardens, junction of Thornhill Road and Richmond Avenue

51°32′20″N 0°06′37″W / 51.5389°N 0.1102°W / 51.5389; -0.1102 (Thornhill Road Gardens War Memorial)
1920 ? War memorial with Celtic cross Grade II [1]
Huntingdon Arms sculpture 115 Hemingford Road (former Huntingdon Arms pub)

51°32′27″N 0°06′49″W / 51.5409°N 0.1136°W / 51.5409; -0.1136 (Huntingdon Arms sculpture)
? Relief sculpture [2]
Animal Park Thornhill Bridge Community Gardens

51°32′07″N 0°07′02″W / 51.5353°N 0.1171°W / 51.5353; -0.1171 (Animal Park)
2006 Monica Shanta Brown Mosaics

Canonbury

Main article: Canonbury

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
Horizon Canonbury Square, eastern section

51°32′37″N 0°06′00″W / 51.5437°N 0.0999°W / 51.5437; -0.0999 (Horizon)
2019 David Harber Armillary sphere

Clerkenwell

Main article: Clerkenwell

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
Justice, Mercy, Portrait of George III and other motifs Middlesex Sessions House, Clerkenwell Green 1779–1782 (building) Joseph Nollekens Relief sculptures Grade II* [3]
Postal Workers' War Memorial
Western Postal District
Mount Pleasant Mail Centre, Farringdon Road

51°31′29″N 0°06′40″W / 51.5246°N 0.1111°W / 51.5246; -0.1111 (Postal Workers' War Memorial)
1920 ? Aedicule Grade II Unveiled 1 January 1920 at Wimpole Street Post Office, Marylebone. After that post office's closure in 1981 the memorial moved to the delivery offices in Rathbone Place; when they in turn closed in 2013 it moved to its current site.[4]
Edgerunner Owens Field, Goswell Road

51°31′50.8″N 0°06′18″W / 51.530778°N 0.10500°W / 51.530778; -0.10500 (Edgerunner)
Paul Neagu Sculpture Unveiled 25 July 2012[5]

Farringdon

Main article: Farringdon, London

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
Samson and Deliah Greenhill Rents

51°31′11″N 0°06′10″W / 51.5198°N 0.1027°W / 51.5198; -0.1027 (Samson and Delilah)
~1609–1610 Peter Paul Rubens Painting Copy made for the National Gallery's "On Tour" exhibition in 2007.[6]
Memorial to Edward Johnston Farringdon station 2017 Fraser Muggeridge Mural Unveiled 24 June 2019. Giant reversed wooden letters in the typeface Johnston designed for the London Underground.[7]
Avalanche Farringdon station 2018 Simon Periton Glazing motif A sequence of large diamonds appearing to tumble down the escalator, alluding to the jewellers, goldsmiths and ironsmiths of nearby Hatton Garden.[8]
Spectre Farringdon station 2018 Simon Periton Glazing motif Based on a drawing by Christopher Dresser titled Force and Energy (c. 1867–1873), contemporary with Smithfield Market which is adjacent to the station. Periton's design also references the etched glass found in Victorian pubs.[8]

Finsbury

Main article: Finsbury

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
Science and Agriculture City, University of London, College Building 1894 c. 1894 – c. 1896 Paul Raphael Montford Frieze Grade II [9]

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Finsbury War Memorial Rosebery Avenue 15 August 1921 Thomas Rudge War memorial with statue Grade II [10]

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Faceted Column Corner of Chiswell Street and Finsbury Pavement

51°31′13″N 0°05′15″W / 51.5204°N 0.0875°W / 51.5204; -0.0875 (Faceted Column)
1999 Stephen Cox Sculpture [11]
Memorial to the Moorgate tube crash Finsbury Square 2013 ? Memorial Unveiled 28 July 2013.[12]
Mercury Top of Triton Court, Finsbury Square ? [13]
2 figures of Triton the God Triton Court, Finsbury Square
4 females Triton Court clock tower, Finsbury Square

Finsbury Park

Main article: Finsbury Park

Image Title / subject Location and
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Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes

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Crossed pistols tile motif Finsbury Park station, Victoria line platforms 1968 Tom Eckersley [14]
Balloon mosaics Finsbury Park station, Piccadilly line platforms 1983 Annabel Grey [15]
Sustrans Portrait Bench Outside Finsbury Park station

51°33′54″N 0°06′20″W / 51.5649°N 0.1056°W / 51.5649; -0.1056 (Sustrans Portrait Bench)
2013 ? Sculpture Depicts Jazzie B, Edith Garrud and Florence Keen.[16][17]
Gillespie Park triptych Seven Sisters Road, by the entrance to Gillespie Park

51°33′50″N 0°06′21″W / 51.5640°N 0.1058°W / 51.5640; -0.1058 (Gilespie Park triptych)
2013 London School of Mosaic Mosaic Made with two local schools and approximately 20 volunteers; represents the flora and fauna of the park. Unveiled 2 December 2013.[18][19]
Elm Tree of Life Finsbury Park station Wells Terrace entrance

51°33′55″N 0°06′27″W / 51.5653°N 0.1076°W / 51.5653; -0.1076 (Elm Tree of Life)
2020 Carrie Reichardt, Karen Francesca and ATM Mosaic Opened 22 October 2020.[20]
CIL Mosaic City North Place, at junction with Goodwin Street

51°33′52″N 0°06′27″W / 51.5645°N 0.1075°W / 51.5645; -0.1075 (CIL Mosaic)
2021 Carrie Reichardt Mosaic Opened during the week of 20 September 2021. Commissioned by the Business Design Centre Group (BDCG) to honour Sam Morris, founder of BDCG and City Industrial Limited (CIL).[21]

Highbury

Main article: Highbury

Image Title / subject Location and
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Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes

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Boer War Memorial Highbury Fields 1905 Bertram Mackennal War memorial with statue Grade II [22]
Statue of Francis Bacon Islington Central Library, Holloway Road 1906 Frederick Schenck Statue in niche Grade II [22]
Statue of Edmund Spenser Islington Central Library, Holloway Road 1906 Frederick Schenck Statue in niche Grade II [22]
The Neighbours Highbury Quadrant Estate

51°33′31″N 0°05′37″W / 51.5585°N 0.0936°W / 51.5585; -0.0936
1957 Siegfried Charoux Sculptural group Grade II [23]

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Highbury Manor tile motif Highbury & Islington station, Victoria line platforms 1968 Edward Bawden [24]

Highgate

Highgate is partly located outside the borough of Islington; for works not listed here see the relevant sections for the boroughs of Camden and Haringey.
Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
St Aloysius' College War Memorial Hornsey Lane

51°34′13″N 0°08′20″W / 51.5703°N 0.1388°W / 51.5703; -0.1388 (St Aloysius' College War Memorial)
after 1918 ? Canopied calvary with relief Grade II The Carrara marble relief shows the Crucifixion with the Three Maries at the foot of the Cross.[25]

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Dick Whittington's cat Whittington Stone, Highgate Hill

51°33′59″N 0°08′13″W / 51.5665°N 0.1369°W / 51.5665; -0.1369
1964 Jonathan Kenworthy Sculpture Grade II [26]

Holloway

Main article: Holloway, London

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
Prayer of Peace Elthorne Park, Upper Holloway 1986 Emmanuel Taiwo Jegede Sculpture [27]

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Statue of Tony Adams Emirates Stadium 2011 MDM Statue Unveiled 9 December 2011.[28]

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Statue of Herbert Chapman Emirates Stadium 2011 MDM Statue Unveiled 9 December 2011.[29]

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Statue of Thierry Henry Emirates Stadium 2011 Margot Roulleau-Gallais Statue Unveiled 9 December 2011.[30]

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Statue of Dennis Bergkamp Emirates Stadium 2014 MDM Statue Unveiled 22 February 2014.[31]

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Statue of Ken Friar Emirates Stadium 2014 MDM Statue Unveiled 28 February 2014.[32]
Memorial to Windrush and Commonwealth NHS nurses and midwives Whittington Hospital 2021 ? Sculpture Unveiled 10 September 2021.[33]

Newington Green

Main article: Newington Green

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
A Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft
Mary Wollstonecraft
Newington Green

51°33′05″N 0°05′06″W / 51.5515°N 0.0851°W / 51.5515; -0.0851 (A Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft)
2020 Maggi Hambling Sculpture Unveiled 10 November 2020.[34]

Pentonville

Main article: Pentonville

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
War memorial at St Silas's Church Risinghill Street

51°32′01″N 0°06′42″W / 51.5335°N 0.1117°W / 51.5335; -0.1117 (War memorial at St Silas's Church)
1917 Arthur George Walker Memorial cross Grade II

St Luke's

Main article: St Luke's, London

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
Christ Healing the Blind Man Moorfields Eye Hospital, King George V Extension 1933–1935 (building) Eric Gill Relief sculpture [35]
Opening the Lockgate Outside 250 City Road, opposite City Road Basin 2020 Ian Rank-Broadley Sculptural group Commemorates the bicentenary of the Regent's Canal. The first of three works by the sculptor commissioned for the development; the others will be installed in 2021 and 2023.[36]

St Mary's

Main article: St Mary's

Image Title / subject Location and
coordinates
Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes
Frieze from Hall of Commerce, probably untitled, known as Commerce Welcoming All Nations and The Benefice of Commerce Battishill Street Gardens, Napier Terrace. Originally in Edward Moxhay's Hall of Commerce, Threadneedle Street, demolished 1922.

51°32′23″N 0°06′15″W / 51.539821°N 0.104189°W / 51.539821; -0.104189
1842
1975 (unveiled on present site)
Musgrave Watson Sculpted frieze Frieze relocated for garden opening in 1975.[37][38]
Sculpture of hen with chicks Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, 109 St Paul's Road

51°32′46″N 0°06′07″W / 51.5461°N 0.1020°W / 51.5461; -0.1020
1854 ? Relief sculpture [39]
Sculpture of hounds chasing hare 181 Upper Street (formerly the Hare and Hounds pub)

51°32′32″N 0°06′11″W / 51.5421°N 0.1031°W / 51.5421; -0.1031
1856 c. 1856 ? Relief sculpture [40]

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Statue of Hugh Myddelton Islington Green

51°32′09″N 0°06′13″W / 51.5357°N 0.1036°W / 51.5357; -0.1036
1862 John Thomas Statue Grade II [41]
Sculpture of three wheatsheaves 56 Upper Street (formerly the Three Wheatsheaves pub)

51°32′08″N 0°06′15″W / 51.5355°N 0.1042°W / 51.5355; -0.1042
1864 c. 1864 ? Relief sculpture [42]
Four caryatids 116–118 Upper Street (formerly the Northern District Post Office)

51°32′18″N 0°06′09″W / 51.5384°N 0.1025°W / 51.5384; -0.1025 (Four caryatids)
1906 c. 1906 ? Statues Grade II
Female figure 75 and 75A Upper Street (originally the entrance to the Electric Theatre cinema, 1908–1916)

51°32′11″N 0°06′13″W / 51.5364°N 0.1037°W / 51.5364; -0.1037
1908 ? Statue on dome Grade II The figure originally held an electric lighted globe.[43]
Memorial to Thomas Paine Angel Court, Owen Street 1991 Kevin Jordan Obelisk [44]
Angel Angel tube station 1996 Kevin Boys Statue [45]
Angel on the Green Anderson Square garden

51°32′12″N 0°06′09″W / 51.5366°N 0.1026°W / 51.5366; -0.1026 (Angel on the Green)
1999 John Roberts Statue Unveiled 6 September 1999.[46]

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Angel Wings N1 Retail Plaza, The Angel, Islington 2003 Wolfgang Buttress and Fiona Heron Sculpture [47]
Halo N1 Retail Plaza, The Angel, Islington 2003 Wolfgang Buttress and Fiona Heron Sculpture [47]
Islington Green War Memorial Islington Green 2004 (replacing an earlier "temporary" war memorial) John Maine War memorial [48]
Street Cat Bob Islington Green

51°32′11″N 0°06′09″W / 51.5363°N 0.1026°W / 51.5363; -0.1026
2021 Tanya Russell Bronze sculpture Unveiled 15 July 2021.[49]
Sculpture of Old Parr's head, plus other designs 66 Cross Street / 290 Upper Street (formerly the Old Parr's Head pub)

51°32′23″N 0°06′08″W / 51.5396°N 0.1023°W / 51.5396; -0.1023
? Relief sculptures [50]

Shoreditch

Main article: Shoreditch

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Date Artist / designer Type Designation Notes

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Statue of John Wesley Wesley's Chapel, City Road

51°31′25″N 0°05′14″W / 51.5237°N 0.0872°W / 51.5237; -0.0872
1891 John Adams-Acton Statue Grade II [41]

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