19 Jun 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

Venue: Reading Museum


Oh Beautiful World! is an astonishing 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. Wilde was imprisoned in Reading Gaol from 1895 to 1897. The sculpture was produced from the burr wood of horse chestnut trees that once rooted beneath the Gaol's walls.


All ages


Join us on the 19th June to celebrate 900 years of Reading Abbey!

10.00am - 4.00pm


Oh Beautiful World! was installed in Reading Museum in December 2020, but was unavailable for visitors to see due to the Museum's closure during the COVID-19 pandemic, however the Museum reopened on 18 May 2021 so you can now view the sculpture by booking your free visit.

Find out more about this fascinating project here!