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Sustrans Cycle Paths and Sculpture Trail: Bath and Bristol

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Artist: YOUNG, Gordon
TitleOfWork: 'Gaius Sentius'
DateOfWork: 1992-3
Medium: stone
Location: Sustrans Bristol & Bath Cycle Trail
Country: UK - England
Photographer: Dave Ball
ImageCopyright: Sheffield Hallam University
AccessionNumber: 94~4639
FileSize: 54038
View of underarm of figure - push button for drinking fountain visible beneath text.

The text reads:
"'Gaius Sentius'
Sponsored by Wincanton Distribution and A.B.S.A.
Gordon Young
Commissioned by Sustrans"

The piece contains a drinking fountain. Water comes from the water bottle; the button to start the fountain is located beneath the carved text on the underarm of the figure giving details about the piece.

This sculpture is 7 miles from Bristol.
The 15 mile long railway path was built by Sustrans between 1979 and 1985.

The sculpture trail was created by Katy Hallett with support and sponsorship from a large number of public and private institutions.
Further work is being added by Alison Scott.

Sustrans includes artworks on its trails because it says:
"The inclusion of artworks, waymarkers, environmental earthworks and landscape sculptures are an essential component, which reflect the local characteristics of passing settlements and communities. The artworks are in stark contrast to highway signage, bringing diversity and uniqueness to different sections of the route. They encourage people to travel along this corridor and to discover something special for themselves where sustainability, safety and enjoyment are equal criteria in this new travelling landscape."

Sustrans now has a large number of artworks on view from the Sustrans website at:
1. The Sustrans website at

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