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

The Motorcyclist, Sculpture, Belvedere Rd., The Shell Centre, Lambeth


Type Sculpture

     Not provided.
     Originally called Man 1957 and sited in the Downstream Courtyard, the sculpture was moved when the Downstream building was sold off. ** Charoux said of this piece in 1957, at the time of its exhibition at Holland Park: . . . one's mind, when engaged in finding a motif for work, feels increasingly molested by images springing from themes and forms cradled by past ages and civilisations. There is enough left to prevent one's desertion of tradition but too much of it makes for repetition. True art reflects the material and spiritual conditions of the time it is working in. False art is the result if one adopts the theme and renderings peculiar to past ages. There are themes which are everlasting and the artist who uses them has a harder task to avoid repetition; but with his knowledge of the past and his willingness and desire to be an artist of his time his statements will have the shorthand quality, compactness and individuality peculiar to the true art of our time. I have set myself the task of finding a theme peculiar to our time and shaping it in a material and technique also peculiar to our time; and the result is Man, 1957. If I have not succeeded in my task - which includes my sincere wish to communicate with as many human beings as possible - I shall try again.


Cut into the front face of the stone plinth: MOTOR CYCLIST / SIEGFRIED CHAROUX 1896 - 1967

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Charoux, Sigfried Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Cemented Iron 94x89x216
Plinth Stone 102x81.5x43

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road Belvedere Rd.
Precise location The Shell Centre, on the south side of the Upstream Courtyard, in a raised garden.
A-Z ref None
OS ref None

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Date of design 1957
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care Shell
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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