National Recording Project


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



Type Sculpture

     Sculpture made from bands of steel oxidised dark brown. The main shape spirals up to a sphere at the top and a further half-sphere is set at the bottom of the structure. The sculpture stands on an area of gravel-chip-covered concrete.
     In its way reminiscent of Tatlin's Monument to the Third International, 231 was intended as a 'monument to new employment' and a symbol of the development of Cramlington's trading estates. Its interlocking forms were said by the artist to represent pit wheels or other turning gear and the overall shape to suggest 'power-energy, dynamics, movement, expansion, space and time'.(1) Costing £15,000 231 was funded by Northern Arts, ABSA and British Coal Enterprise.(2) Fabrication was undertaken by AMARC and Peter Johnston Ltd, a firm that usually manufactures North Sea pipelines: 'It is all the same to us, pipes or art' the company's financial director commented, 'just as long as it is a commercial proposition we will take it on.'(3)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Wilson, Eric Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Whole work Weathered steel 400cm high approx x 350cm diameter

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
Structural condition
Road Crowhall Road
Precise location Enterprise Court, garden at centre of carpark
A-Z ref None
OS ref NZ256785
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1990
Unveiling details Installed 10th May 1990
Commissioned by Blyth Valley Council
Duty of care Enterprise Court
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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