National Recording Project


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

Abstracted Natural Forms


Type Sculpture

     Three sculptures in yellow stone which are related in form and size, situated within planted areas to either side of the main road through the site. The carvings are abstracted from animal or botanic forms in low, curved shapes. None are particularly easy to find.
     This is one of a number of works by Ward distributed among the business units, all of which are carved out of sandstone and have maritime or organic themes. The Enterprise Park has replaced an area of dereliction which had previously been occupied by ship-building and associated industries. It has cost £115 million to develop, and one of the aims of its public art is to encourage local residents to explore the area on foot. Ward's work was commissioned by Tyne and Wear Development Corporation as part of its 'Riverside Exposed' art programme for Sunderland Enterprise Park. Funding was provided by TWDC, Terrace Hill Developments Ltd, Business Innovation Centre, Durham Wildlife Trust, Sunderland City Challenge, Northern Arts and Sunderland Libraries and Arts. A number of artists were involved in residencies from 1996 to 1997, managed by Deborah Hunter Associates.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Ward, Gilbert Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Each work Sandstone 95cm high x 140cm long x 100cm wide (max)

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Accretions
  • Biological growth
Structural condition
Road Timber Beach Road; Defender Court; Hylton Park Road
Precise location Within planting at sides of roads
A-Z ref 98 4B
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1997
Unveiling details Installed 1997
Commissioned by Tyne and Wear Development Corporation
Duty of care Sunderland City Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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