Oh Beautiful World! is an astonishing new artwork made for Reading Museum by Eleanor Lakelin, with the support of the Contemporary Art Society’s Rapid Response Fund in partnership with Frieze London.

The sculpture commemorates the legacy of Oscar Wilde in Reading, who was imprisoned in Reading Gaol from 1895 to 1897. It was produced from the burr wood of horse chestnut trees that once rooted beneath the Gaol's walls.

Whilst Oh Beautiful World! was installed in Reading Museum in December 2020, it has been unavailable for visitors to see due to the Museum's current closure.

In this online exhibition, discover Oh Beautiful World! from the comfort of your home – through our blog about the story behind the piece, our arts and crafts pack, and by viewing the sculpture up close in our new 3D model.

Check back here on Monday the 15th February for our invitation for you to explore this remarkable sculpture.