Street art

Woking has a long history of investing in engaging public art, and the town centre boasts a large number of permanent installations, including:

  • The Martian  was designed by St Martin's School of Art graduate, Michael Condron, and can be found on Crown Passage, between Church Street East and Commercial Way. The sculpture commemorates 'the father of science fiction', H. G. Wells and the setting of his novel 'The War of the Worlds' in the Borough.
  • Two of Woking's famous sons The Bedser Twins are celebrated in a fabulous sculpture on their bridge over the Basingstoke Canal, situated between The Living Planet Centre and The Lightbox. Sir Alec and Eric Bedser are regarded as England’s greatest cricketing twins, and grew up in Horsell, with Eric later playing first class cricket for Surrey and Sir Alec representing England during the 1950s.
  • Woking has not one but two large scale murals. Over a hundred feet long, the mural painted on the north side of the railway station, alongside the High Street, depicts a typical shopping scene in Edwardian times. The other is a tile mosaic and celebrates the penning of The War of the Worlds in Woking, situated in the subway on Chobham Road, by The Lightbox.
  • Woking Town Gate was built in 1992 and stands by Christchurch in Jubilee Square. It incorporates symbols of Woking's past, including 19th century brick kilns, the canal and railway, parts of the Borough's coat of arms and H. G. Wells' 'The War of the Worlds'.
  • Also in Jubilee Square, visitors can find a sculpture of paralympic wheelchair basketball champion, Ade Adepitan MBE. And Market Walk features the legacy panels, detailing Woking's Celebrate activities as part of the Olympic and Jubilee Years.
  • You can also find out more about Dame Ethel Smyth and visit the new statue by Duke's Plaza.