Olympian 2012


This monumental sculpture is carved directly form one single block of Bath stone and is now live to the public in Southgate Street, Bath. It forms a part of the 2012 Olympic celebrations, capturing a moment in time and honouring the outstanding achievements of one of Baths Finest athletes. 



To find out more about Mark Foster visit the Mark Foster official website here.




A Legacy sculpture for the City of Bath, carved from Bath Stone kindly donated to the project by The Bath Stone Group.



In 2011 I received the go ahead to carve a  twice life size torso of 5 times Olympian, 8 world records and 6 times world swimming champion, Mark Foster: as an invited guest artist for Art at the Edge. The finished Sculpture will be permanently placed in the world heritage City of Bath.  The  unveiling took place on the 22nd May 2012 to coincide with the Olympic Flame coming to light the way to the London 2012 Games.


Art At The Edge

Bath City College has become involved with this exciting project with Nigel Bryant and Paul Maggs heading up the stone Masons and Conservation department, collaborating to create the huge plinth needed for this sculpture.


While I was in the process of carving this immense block, many guests came to view the open Studio to see the work in progress. My thanks to all those who signed my visitor book and all their support. This project has given me so many great moments with the chance to open up my practice to so many and I look forward to seeing some of you next year.


Ben Dearnley carving Mark Foster Torso Bath 2012