Memorial: M5562

Memorial in Central Gardens, Middlesborough commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1799


Central Gardens, Middlesborough, England


'We had every advantage we could desire in observing the whole passage of the planet Venus over the sun's disc'.


Description: A lattice-like steel structure in the form of a leaning bottle embedded in the ground. It has a steel cork. The outer lattice is in the form of a handwritten message (from the log of Cook's first voyage to the South Seas). The inner message arranged in a spiral is a poem.
Type: Sculpture
Materials: Steel
Date Erected: 1993
Artists: Claes Oldenburg, Coosje van Bruggen
Vessel: HMB Endeavor


Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: Cost £135, 000.
Bibliography: Paul Usherwood, Jeremy Beach, Catherine Morris 'Public Sculpture in North-East England' (Liverpool University Press, 2000) p. 292.