The river is widely believed to have been a source of inspiration for Capability Brown. The views over the broad sinuous sweep of the Thames, to the woods behind the Barnes towpath and the effect of the ever-changing skies on the moods of the river bore striking similarities to many of his landscapes.

With the completion of the riverside walk between the statue site and the iconic Hammersmith Bridge, residents and visitors are able to enjoy uninterrupted access to all the river from Chiswick to Fulham. The statue will become a significant point of historical and cultural interest.