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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

The Lone Rider

Summary

Type Sculpture

     The sculpture depicts a motorcycle and rider in a Futurist style, elements of the sculpture give the impression of speed - the fintails that flare away from the motorcycle's rear wheels, the elongated rider who appears to have blended with his machine. The sculpture has a very heavy appearance which contrasts with the impression of speed. This is possibly due to the wish of the designer that the image appear substantial rather than fleeting, as the image is intended to celebrate the historic Midlands motorcycle industry.
     The Lone Rider took approximately seven months to make, and was carved out of a ten tonne block of Derbyshire stone. The design was by Steve Field, the Dudley Metropolitan Borough Artist. The work was Bowers' first commission after his graduation. The unveiling ceremony included a fleet of twenty five motorcycles manufactured by A.J. Stevens and Sunbeam complete with police escort. The sculpture was unveiled by Geoff Stevens whose father was one four co-founders of the factory.
     The work is intended as a tribute to the former AJS bike factory that stood on the site from 1914 to 1931. AJS scored wins in the Isle of Man TT and the Grand Prix during the 1920s.

Inscriptions

Plaque on the pedestal: The Lone Rider/ Sponsored by/ Safeway/ On the Graiseley Hill Site of A.J.S Motor Cycles/ founded by the Stevens Brothers/ 1914-1931/ Unveiled by Geoffrey Stevens/ on August 31st 1996/ Designed by Steve Field and carved by/ Robert Bowers assisted by Michael Scheuerman

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Field, Steve Artist
Bowers, Robert Carver
Scheuermann, Michael Carver

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Derbyshire stone 150cm high x up to 100cm wide x 450cm long approx
Plinth Concrete 55cm high x up to 172 cm wide x 500cm long approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvWVxx005 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Biological growth
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
  • Broken, missing parts
Vandalism
  • Surface damage
  • Structural damage
Road Penn Road
Precise location Outside Safeway Stores Plc
A-Z ref 29 3G
OS ref None

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Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1996
Unveiling details 31 August 1996
Commissioned by Safeway's Stores Plc
Duty of care Safeway's Stores PLC
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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