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

Stand and Stare


Type Sculpture

     Tall bronze sculpture of figure draped in cloth, entwined with tree, two birds either side of figure.
     Commissioned by Newport Borough Council with assistance from the Welsh Arts Council and a Welsh Development Agency Town Improvement Grant. It was unveiled on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the poet's death in 1940, by Councillor Harry G. Jones, Mayor of Newport, in December 1990
     Sculpture commemorates the life and work of Newport born poet, W.H. Davies. Described as Newport's super-tramp poet. The work is based around his best known lines: 'What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare'. The sculpture represents a spirit figure enshrined within the body of the tree of life. It is a 'visually dramatic memorial of man returning to his roots, being evocative of the mysteries of nature, it invites contemplation of the very nature of life'. The spirit figure is enshrined within the tree of life, attended by two birds signifying the poet's creativity and freedom of expression.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Kincaid, Paul Bothwell Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Sculpture Bronze 305cm high approx.

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • Other
  • None
Road Commercial Street
Precise location Near junction with Hill Street
A-Z ref 63 1F
OS ref None

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

Date of design 1989-90
Year of unveiling 1990
Unveiling details Unveiled 14 December 1990
Commissioned by Newport Borough Council
Duty of care Newport County Borough Council
Listing status Not listed
At risk? No known risk

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