The Cambridge Erratics

Permanent Public Art Commission for Cambridge University, 2017

A series of boulders from around the planet will be transported to Cambridge, UK and balanced on buildings across the ‘New Museum Site’ of Cambridge University. ‘The Cambridge Erratics’ is a complex permanent public artwork that will unfold slowly over the next ten years.



An ‘Erratic’ is a term from geology describing a boulder or stone that has been transported into a geography where it does not usually belong. Most often created through the action of glaciers, ‘Erratics’ often sit precariously on the landscape – having been transported hundreds of miles and then slowly lowered by the receding glacier into an alien context. The first of the ‘The Cambridge Erratics’ is currently being sourced from ‘Wadim Rum’ in the kingdom of Jordan. The map below will be updated to show the location of the boulder once it has been chosen and will then show the boulder’s slow progress from the desert, to the port of Aqaba, its journey onboard a container-ship, and then by road to London, and then to Cambridge where it will be installed on the ledge of a building in ‘Bene’t Yard’ in Cambridge University.