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Public Art

“I create dynamic figurative sculpture which capture movement and can humanise public spaces. I'm preoccupied with themes of balance, the process of falling, and capturing sequences of movement whether human or animal."

Faith creates artwork to commission for a range of public settings.
Faith and her team can provide the whole process from community engagement and consultation, design development, fabrication to installation. Project management support ensures the commission runs smoothly, on time and within budget!
Here you can see examples of recent commissions:

The Ship's Cat

Culture Liverpool commissioned Faith to create a new sculpture for the Tall Ships Regatta, as part of the Changing Tides artistic programme celebrating 2018, the ten year anniversary of Liverpool being European Capital of Culture in 2008. Faith created The Ships Cat large sculpture from around 2,000 reclaimed plastic milk bottles, collected by staff in the city’s Cunard Building. The Ships Cat was joined by the Super Rat previously shown in the Baltic Triangle, plus new rat babies created with local schools St Patricks Primary and Childwall Academy. Did you know that a group of rats are are known as a Mischief? The Ships Cat and Rat Mischief went on display on late May Bank Holiday weekend 2018 at the Albert Dock, close to Tate Liverpool. Faith also led free drop in workshops for the public in Mermaid House, Albert Dock.

Great White Shark!

artist smilingJust when you thought sharks couldn't get any scarier, it turns out that their entire bodies are literally COVERED with teeth! Faith experimented with ways to create shark skin using plastic milk bottles and came across Shark skin under a microscope. Shark skin is made of microscopic diamond shaped scales with rough edges, called "denticles" thought to share an evolutionary origin with teeth. The flexible but irregular surface is impossible for barnacles and other micro-organisms to cling to, as well as decreasing drag and turbulence. Faith Bebbington and her team used over 800 plastic milk bottles one milk bottle per tooth) to create the awesome Great White Shark sculpture, another commission for Veolia. The 3 metre long suspended sculpture was created by Faith in her studio over a period of six weeks. The new sculpture was installed in time for the official launch of Veolia's new Dagenham Plastics Facility, held on 19th September 2017 in the presence of Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President of Veolia UK & Ireland and Rajesh Agrawal, Deputy Mayor of London for Business, the guest of honour. The making of the Great White Shark sculpture was documented in a short film screened at the celebration which you can view below. The staff at the Veolia plant have named the sculpture 'Bruce' to connect with the Great White Sharks home in Australia!

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Super Rat makes mischief

Faith has created an exciting new sculpture re-using over 200 plastic milk bottles. Catch a glimpse of the pop-up, sculpture @Baltic Triangle from Easter weekend onwards. "Having created an elephant, a tiger and lion sculptures all wild animals you don’t spot roaming our streets, I wanted to create my urban version of wild animals that do roam in cities, especially those with rivers like Liverpool – so it has to be a rat! We rarely see a rat but you know they are never that far away. I like the connotations about rats - rats as vermin, rats as pets, lab rats, the rat race. I find rats quite fascinating but creepy at the same time! The association between piles of rubbish and rats didn’t escape my notice either when deciding to create the sculpture with plastic milk bottles!"
Faith is grateful for the support of Baltic Creative, Baltic Triangle, Castle Fine Arts, Warp Liverpool, and the Botanical Gin Garden.
Did you know a group of rats is known as a mischief!

Wembley Lions

Faith was thrilled to receive a commission from the Football Association to make sculpture for the iconic Wembley Stadium! Having seen the stunning Veolia Tiger made of over 400 plastic milk bottles, the FA group wanted her to devise a sculpture to highlight their approach to recycling in partnership with Veolia Environment. After some discussion the FA Group agreed she would create two life-size Lion sculptures using recycled materials gathered from Wembley Stadium. One Lion sculpture is made totally from cardboard and the other Lion mainly plastics including Carlsberg bottles to old plastic seating from the terraces. The works were completed in her Liverpool studio and installed within Wembley Stadium late summer 2014. The two new Lions join a reclaimed metal Lion sculpture by another artist, to complete the three Lions as featured on the FA's famous logo. The Lions are on permanent display on Level 2 of Club Wembley. Read about it on the link below and view the photo gallery on the dedicated Wembley Lions facebook page below.

Bengal Tiger

Veolia, the environmental waste management company commissioned Faith to create a life size Bengal Tiger using recycled materials. The Tiger was created in her studio in Liverpool using over 300 plastic milk bottles! Over 400 hours were spent washing, cutting, colouring and attaching the plastic tiger 'fur' to create the 2.5 metre long sculpture. It was on display at St Pancras International Station, London throughout March 2013, as part of 'Tiger Tracks' the worlds biggest tiger conservation event. Yes, that is Brian May from Queen standing in front of it, as he played at the launch! She also got to meet Virginia McKenna who starred in 'Born Free' the film some years ago and supports the charity of the same name. Wild tigers will be extinct in the next ten years unless we act now!

After a busy few years promoting recycling for Veolia Environment and helping launch the Save the Wild Tiger campaign the 'Veolia Tiger' recently visited Faith's studio for a makeover! Following cleaning and restoration work the Tiger has now returned home to Veolia's HQ in Pentonville Road, London.

'Horse Power'

Faith has created a permanent site-specific external artwork, which celebrates the heritage of traditional horse drawn boating. ‘Horse Power’ is a commission from the Canal & River Trust, for the National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. The design involved researching the museum archives and collections, plus liaising with the Horse Boating Society to see horses pulling narrow boats on our waterways. The life size horse horse sculpture (16 hands high) was installed on 17th April 2013 and is now on permanent display.


‘Shine’ Temporary piece created from bubble wrap and shiny papers, for a roundabout on the torch relay route through Knutsford on 31st May 2012. Linked with ‘Moment to Shine’ campaign for the Cultural Olympiad. Commissioned by Cheshire East Council. Also shown at Cheshire Show 2012.

'Shine' was featured in ‘Public Art in the Landscape’ – a hardback book published by Hi- design International, Published in Hong Kong 2014.


Faith has completed a new commission for Veolia, the environmental waste management company. The Recycling Discovery Centre, which is a partnership between Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and Veolia Environmental Services, aims to provide an innovative way to get everyone involved in recycling and learn about their environment.
The centre can sort 250 tonnes of recycled material a day, equivalent to 59 elephants!
Faith has created an Elephant (baby size!) made entirely of recycled materials, for the new Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre, in Liverpool. Veolia provided the recycled material for the sculpture, including flattened plastic bottles, aluminum and steel cans which are all processed at the site. A local school group helped Faith finish the elephant. Created May 2012

‘The Runner’ - Kings Dock, Liverpool

‘Liverpool Discovers’ temporary Public Art Trail 2011, commissioned by Wild in Art & Liverpool Lantern Company, funded by Liverpool City Council. 'The Runner' celebrates and highlights Liverpool's links to the modern Olympic games. The work was part of a citywide trail featuring artworks by twelve artists including David Kemp, Carrie Reichardt and Andy Hazell.

'Jump' - Kirkby Centre for Learning

‘Jump’ commissioned by Knowsley Borough Council, as part of its Building Schools for the Future programme. The work was developed through engagement and consultation workshops with the students, staff and wider community. Installed 2010.

'Skydivers' - Ivy House, Derby

‘Skydivers’ – commissioned by Derby City Council for Ivy House, a new special school.The skydivers are designed to reinforce the identity of colour-coded areas in the school and be accessible for pupils lying down or in wheelchairs. Cast fibreglass resin sculptures from Faith's original - three red figures suspended in corridors. Plus a yellow skydiver on a pulley system, so pupils can handle the sculpture then hoist it up when not in use. Installed 2009.

'The Swimmer' - Kirkby Leisure Centre

Commissioned by Knowsley Arts & Heritage Service, Knowsley MBC. Hand built, painted fibreglass resin sculptures suspended in the new Kirby Leisure Centre. The series of five swimmers describes the butterfly stroke, leading visitors visually along the corridor to the swimming pool. Colour scheme to tie in with the pool tiling. Installed 2007.

‘Water Bearer’ – Blackberry Hill PICU, Bristol

Water feature for a courtyard garden within the new Women’s Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Blackberry Hill Hospital, Bristol.
Commissioned by Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, as part of their ‘Moving On’ arts programme, managed by Willis Newson. Design established through consultation sessions with service users and staff. Installed 2006.

'OLIVE'S BENCH' - Olive Mount Memorial Gardens

Figurative sculpture hand built fibreglass resin, with integral oak seating for Olive Mount Memorial Gardens, Liverpool. Oak seating produced by John Merrill from Faith's design. The female figure 'Olive' signifies residents of the Olive Mount area who were re-housed from nearby tower blocks into the new sheltered housing development. Commissioned by Cosmopolitan Housing Association. Installed 2006.

‘Crown’ – Leeds Nuffield Hospital

Circle of four hand built fibreglass and stone resin figures (6.5ft high) based on Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing ‘Human figure in a square in a circle’. Sited on the traffic island outside new hospital entrance. Commissioned by Nuffield Health, installed 2002.