Notable personages relevant to the given area are depicted in these sculptures. In our case, representing Southwark, three individuals were singled out. The first is Barry Mason, Rotherhithe resident, bicycle campaigner and wildlife enthusiast, who contributed a considerable amount to the success of the Surrey Docks Farm before dying in an accident a few years ago. Unless one of the figures has yet to be added, he is apparently represented as a cormorant on a post, with a bicycle leaning up against it. Rather more conventional representations depict actor Michael Caine (perhaps an odd choice - he was born here but I don't know of any contributions that he has made to the area) and, more aptly, the remarkable Phyllis Pearsell, born in East Dulwich, who created the first A-Z map of London after walking 23,000 streets of 1930s London.
If you are interested in finding out about the other Portrait Benches in the Sustrans project, have a look at their Flickr page.